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Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo's strife of love in a dream).

Francesco COLUMNA (Author)

Aldo Manuzio (Printer)

Origin: Venice, XV c.
Biblioteca de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano.

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Facsimile. Incunabula. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.
21,5 x 33 cm.
234+5 crd.
468+10 crd.
December 1499.
24th October 2000.
Parchment on wooden board.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish: author not yet determined. Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua VII.
192 prints attributed to the most famous artists of 15th century in Italy (mainly Giovanni Bellini).

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A truly splendid edition, possibly the finest example of Aldo Manuzio's Venetian printing works. Although none of his other items were remarkable from a typographical viewpoint, it cannot be denied that this work is a masterpiece of the art of printing,  combined with its attractive roman type, beautiful illustrations and the fine craftsmanship of the printer. A possible explanation could be that of all Aldo's major works, this is the only book that was commissioned, consequently the financial support received would have enabled him to dedicate time and effort to the minute details of this magnificent item produced in his printing works.

The name of the artist responsible for these marvellous and unforgettable illustrations is unknown, but he was undoubtedly and remarkably creative and brilliantly sensitive artist.

Francesco Columna, the author of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo's strife of love in a dream), who died in 1527 at the age of ninety-four, left us this enigmatic love story which is, and always will be, a typographical product deserving praise and acclaim.


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AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFF Drawing & drawings
AFH Prints & printmaking
AFJ Other graphic art forms
AFT Decorative arts
AGH Human figures depicted in art
AMA Theory of architecture
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DCF Poetry by individual poets
DNF Literary essays
DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
HBJD European history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
HD Archaeology
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WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter

1D Europe
1DSE Spain
1DSEM Madrid, Autonomous Community
1DST Italy
2ADT Italian
3H c 1000 CE to c 1500