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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Francesco Colonna; Leon Battista Alberti; Guidobaldo, da Montefeltro Duke of Urbino; Johannes Baptista Scytha; Andreas Maro; Aldo Manuzio; Leonardo Crasso
|Language Note:||Text in a highly stylized Italian that is a compound of Latin and Italian; it also includes Arabic, Greek, and Hebrew.|
|Notes:||"The enigmatic, polyglot Hypnerotomachia Poliphili ... has fascinated architects and historians since its publication in 1499. Part fictional narrative and part scholarly treatise, richly illustrated with wood engravings, the book is an extreme case of erotic furor, aimed at everything--especially architecture--that the protagonist, Poliphilo, encounters in his quest for his beloved, Polia. Among the instances of the book's manifesto-like character is Polia's tirade defending the right of women to express their own sexuality, probably the first sustained argument of this type, which lifts the book's erotic theme from the realm of ribaldry to the more daring one of sexual politics"--Hypnerotomachia Poliphili WWW home page, 23 Mar. 2007.
"Cavtvm est ne qvis in dominio ill. s.v impvne hvnc librvm qveat imprimere"--T.p. This privilege is not included with the similar title on p. .
The initial letters of successive chapters in this work form an acrostic that includes the author's name: Poliam frater Franciscus Columna permauit.
Ascribed to Leon Battista Alberti by Liane Lefaivre in Leon Battista Alberti's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, 1997.
Ascribed by Maurizio Calvesi to a different Francesco Colonna, ca. 1453-1517, in La "pugna d'amore in sogno" di Francesco Colonna romano, 1996.
Imprint from ISTC.
Colophon (p. ): Venetiis Mense decembri M. ID in ædibus Aldi Manutii, accuratissime.
In the Lilly Library copy the last two letters of the last word, SANEQVAM, on line 5 in the title on p.  appear to have been stamped in after an erasure.
Letter from Leonardus Crassus Veronensis to Guido, Duke of Urbino, on p. [2-3].
"Io. Bap. Scythae carmen ad clarissimum Leonardum Crassum artium ac iuris Pontificii consultum": p. [3-4].
Synopsis in Italian prose on p.  and in Italian verse on p. [6-7].
Epigrams by Andreas Maro Brixianus on p. .
"Poliphilvs Poliae s.p.d.": p. .
"Li errori del libro" on p. .
Woodcuts: ill, initials. Woodcuts on leaves [10b] and [21a] signed: b.
39 lines. Types: 115 R., 114 Gk., 82 R., 84 Gk., Hebrew type. Catchwords.
Signatures: pi⁴ a-y⁸ z¹⁰ A-E⁸ F⁴. First gathering is numbered but not signed.
Contemporary black leather over wooden boards, 4 clasps (2 broken) Ex libris Mortimer L. Schiff.
|Description:|| p. : ill. (ca. 170 woodcuts) ; 33 cm. (fol.)|
|Other Titles:||Poliphili hypnerotomachia|