A number of typographical errors have been corrected. They are shown in the text with mouse-hover popups. Errors noted in the printed Errata list are similarly . Hypnerotomachia Poliphili called in English Poliphilo's Strife of Love in a Dream or The Dream .. from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (see index). APRIL OETTINGER 2 – For recent editions and commentaries, see Francesco Colonna, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, ubi humana omnia non nisi somnium esse .

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June 16, Francesco Colonna Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream Trans. Joscelyn Godwin. Thames and Hudson, pp.; mari/olasq; apud teliteras Se uirtutes raudone.infosaditum ad te tanq uadix tentaui. Venitnuperinmanusmeasnouumquoddam & admirandum. Poliphili opus (id enim . Hypnerotomachia Poliphili by Francesco Colonna; 26 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Incunabula, Facsimiles, Wood-engraving.

The identity of the illustrator is less certain than that of the author. The subject matter of the book lies within the tradition or genre of the Romance. It follows the conventions of courtly love , which in continued to provide engaging thematic matter for the Quattrocento aristocrats.

The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili also draws from Renaissance humanism where arcane writings are a demonstration of classical thought.

The text of the book is written in a bizarre Latinate Italian. Without explanation, the text is full of words based on Latin and Greek roots.

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The book, however, also includes words from the Italian language and illustrations which include Arabic and Hebrew words. Moreover, Colonna would invent new forms of language when those available to him were inaccurate.

The book also contains some uses of Egyptian hieroglyphs , but they are not authentic. Most of them have been drawn from a late antique text of dubious origin called Hieroglyphica.

The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, set in , consists of a series of precious and elaborate scenes involving the title character, Poliphilo "friend of many things" from the Greek words polloi meaning "many" and philos meaning "friend". In these scenes, Poliphilo wanders a bucolic -classical dreamland in search of his love, Polia "many things".

The author's style is elaborately descriptive and unsparing in its use of superlatives.

The text makes frequent references to classical geography and mythology, mostly by way of comparison. The book has long been sought after as one of the most beautiful incunabula ever printed.


Its roman typeface, cut by Francesco Griffo , is a revised version of a type which Aldus had first used in for the De Aetna of Pietro Bembo.

The type is thought to be one of the first examples of the roman typeface, and in incunabula, it is unique to the Aldine Press. The type was revived by the Monotype Corporation in as "Poliphilus". It was called " Bembo ". The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is illustrated with exquisite woodcuts showing the scenery, architectural settings, and some of the characters Poliphilo encounters in his dreams.

They depict scenes from Poliphilo's adventures and the architectural features over which the author rhapsodizes, in a simultaneously stark and ornate line art style. This integrates perfectly with the type, an example of typographic art. In the United States, a book on the life and works of Aldus Manutius by Helen Barolini was set within pages that reproduce all the illustrations and many of the full pages from the original work, reconstructing the original layout.

The style of the woodcut illustrations had a great influence on late nineteenth century English illustrators, such as Aubrey Beardsley , Walter Crane , and Robert Anning Bell.

In , in a London edition, "R. Since the th anniversary in , several other modern translations have been published.

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Thames and Hudson, He represents himself as having seen many ancient things worthy of memory, and everything that he says he has seen, he describes point by point in the appropriate terms and in an elegant style: A Dominican friar living in Venice, he waited for thirty years before his manuscript, completed in , was published by Aldus Manutius.

This was partially due to the cost of the undertaking, for the volume, together with its woodcuts by an anonymous artist, was one of the most extravagant publishing ventures of its day.

English readers have had to wait a lot longer, until this edition that appears exactly years after the entry of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili into the Renaissance literary canon. Often mentioned as one of the most handsomely produced books in the Renaissance, the first edition of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is exceedingly rare. Many surviving copies have been mutilated by readers wishing to possess some of its opulently designed woodcuts.

It is, therefore, all the more rewarding that the present publication attempts to convey the beauty of the original by adhering to its size, as well as to the layout of the text and the images. A labor of love for Joscelyn Godwin, this translation follows his earlier forays in the intellectual history of the early modern world, most notably his publications on the seventeenth-century philosophers Robert Fludd and Athanasius Kircher.

The story—ostensibly a retelling of a long and involved dream that takes Poliphilo through a landscape filled with ruins, tablets with inscriptions and hieroglyphs, and other magnificent or curious remnants of Antiquity—is both autobiographical and allegorical. And, like these illustrious examples, he is doomed to lose her at the moment of their closest embrace, as her body disappears into the air, ending both his dream and his book. Like its language, the literary genre of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is truly a hybrid one, combining the conventions of romance, travelogue, and antiquarian treatise in an ever-changing narrative.

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At the same time, this learned fabric is interwoven with passages detailing his desire for Polia, whose undisguised eroticism brings to mind the popular contemporary literature of a more lascivious bent. In this manner, as stressed in the dedicatory preface to the edition, he fashioned a book for many audiences, a cornucopia of knowledge that could rival the work of the ancients, and be presented with a pleasing grace and novelty. Notwithstanding its textual eccentricity, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili has had a rich pictorial and literary legacy.

Mantegna, Titian, Lotto and Bernini, to name but a few of the artists it inspired, eagerly drew upon its opulent, often enigmatic imagery. Equally important was the impact of this volume on emblem books, the principal vehicle for the dissemination of visual and poetic tropes in the seventeenth century.

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From Alciatus and Valeriano, to lesser known authors such as the Antwerp poet Jan van der Noot, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili was a favorite sourcebook of Renaissance commonplaces. Though its publishing history prior to includes a number of translations, most of them are abbreviated versions of the original. Notable among them, at least in terms of the wider circulation of the text in Europe in the century following its writing, was the French edition:Without explanation, the text is full of words based on Latin and Greek roots.

Photo credit: Last edited by ImportBot. In this manner, as stressed in the dedicatory preface to the edition, he fashioned a book for many audiences, a cornucopia of knowledge that could rival the work of the ancients, and be presented with a pleasing grace and novelty. Poliphilo describes her reclining figure as though he were the satyr that grasps the tree limb and gazes longingly down at her languid form.

Bulzoni, Since the th anniversary in , several other modern translations have been published. Moving bodies Leon Battista Alberti, in his De pictura, had argued that painters should depict human figures in movement. Elsewhere in the dream, he speaks of his Editrice Torinese, , Vol.

Her kiss revives him.

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