Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Printer: Aldo Manuzio. Venice, December 1499. Size: Folio. 234 leaves (468 pages). 192 prints attributed to the most famous artists of 15th century in Italy (mainly Giovanni Bellini). ISBN: 84-87988-66-0
A truly splendid edition, possibly the finest example of the Venetian printing works of Aldo Manuzio. 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 an remarkably creative and brilliantly sensitive artist.
The author, 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 of praise and acclaim.
-Our edition: Valencia, 2000.
Coedited with the Lázaro Galdiano Foundation Library.
-An edition of 3,000 copies, numbered and signed by public notary, and personally signed by the printer-editor.
-Binding: Parchment upon wooden board.
-Fabric-covered presentation case with gold tooled leather spine containing the facsimile.
-Specially manufactured laid paper.
-Optional: Study in Spanish: author not yet determined. Included in Bibliofilia Antigua VII.