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I have read it a couple times from school and for pleasure over a couple of years. He escapes, and falls asleep once more. The Hypnerotomachia provides a prime exemplar of the first principles of good book design — that the woodcut illustrations should correspond in weight hypnerotimachia that of the type, thus producing a balanced page.

I came to love it after dissecting this book in my art history class. May 18, Mitch rated it liked it. There are those who enjoy books first and foremost for the purpose of reading, and then lovd are those who revere and collect books as artifacts — not necessarily to be read.

The overall literary merit of this work is debatable, and some critics have dismissed it as unreadable. The Hypnerotomachia was written in a curious and largely impenatrable “pedantesca,” supplementing the Tuscan vernacular with many Greek and Latin neologisms. Brightman Jan 17, For half a millenium, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili has been one of the great literary enigmas of the Italian Renaissance.

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There is some evidence that an early reader paid close attention to the text, however, as someone has gone through the book carefully making corrections, as can be seen here on the left. It is a strange, pagan, pedantic, erotic, allegorical, mythological romance relating in highly stylized Italian the quest of Poliphilo for his beloved Polia.


But if one were really to convey the spirit and style of the original language, it would have been necessary to do as Colonna did: May 01, Owlseyes rated it really liked it Shelves: It takes place in two dreams amidst pagan bacchanalia that celebrate Greek and Roman antiquity, especially the architecture, gardens and costuming that the lustful Dominican monk imagined as he wrote in his cell at a Te monastery between and To fully appreciate the extended erotic romance of Poliphilo and Polia, with hy;nerotomachia digressions on many subjects including especially architecture, gardens, triumphal processions, collections, music, and with its constant mythological and other pagan references, one might benefit from first reading Godwin’s The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance and perhaps even The High Medieval Dream Vision by Kathryn L.

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. For an example of another Venetian incunable, see the feature on Jenson’s Breviary. But they don’t read the books they sell or collect.

She was the first translator to succeed in making an English version of the book only inon its th anniversary. Become a LibraryThing Author. Ammonius De differentia dictionum In a volume lovr in they stand as an extraordinary exhibit of what an artistic ingenious printer can accomplish within the rigid limitations of metal type.

Jan 03, Adam rated it really liked it. The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is a curious mix indeed, it seems to defy yhe and also resists attempts to pin it down as wholly a work of the renaissance, this is because it contains so many elements of medieval writing and thought. Poliphilo enters a dense and pathless forest folio i2v: To have done otherwise would have only produced another abridgment. Despite the cautions given above, acquainting oneself with this magnificent cultural artifact does have its own rewards.

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The following were useful in compiling this article: For half a millenium, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili has been one of the great literary enigmas of the Italian Renaissance. Everything that has passed has been his fantasy. The text of the book is written in a bizarre Latinate Italian. However, it is worth the extra effort for more than literary reasons. One of those things that I find more inspiring than something to be read for pleasure.


Paul in Venice, but the monastery was apparently not of the strictest observance and Colonna was hypnerotkmachia leave to live outside its walls. Paperback edition published in The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili by Francesco Colonna, at the time it was printed inwas considered to be the most beautiful book that had been published since the Gutenberg Bible burst upon the book world almost fifty years earlier.

While it qualifies in spades as literature, it would in all likelihood appeal hardly at all to modern readers of so-called literary fiction. A few other details are known of his life, including the intriguing fact that in he was ordered to repay a sum provided by the Order for the printing of a book – could he have contributed to the cost of actually having this book produced?


Several sequential double page illustrations add a visual dimension to the progression of the rream, and act like an early form of the strip cartoon. Gouden Reeks 16 Classici After working for a time at a rare books shop, it gradually dawned on me that there were two kinds of booklovers. In a somewhat labyrinthine plot, he moves through many strange places encountering dragons, wolves, and maidens, against an ever changing backdrop of mysterious ruins, monuments, orchards, gardens and fountains.