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COLONNA, Francesco da (d. 1527)
[Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. French. 1561]
Hypnerotomachie, ov discours du songe de Poliphile, deduisant comme Amour le combat à l'occasion de Polia. Soubz la fiction de quoy l'aucteur monstrant que toutes choses terrestres ne sont que vanité, traicte de plusieurs matieres profitables, & dignes de memoire. Nouuellement traduict de langage Italien en Francois.
A Paris pour Jaques Kerver, 1561.
[6], 157, [1] leaves : [181] wdcut illus. ; 33.5 cm. (2°)

This is the third edition of an anonymous translation into French edited for Jacques Kerver by Jean Martin. According to Ruth Mortimer (French 16th century books, 1964, no. 147) all the woodcuts in this edition are reprinted from the first French edition of 1546 except for one (f. 12b), which was replaced for the second edition of 1554. The best of these famous illustrations are sometimes attributed to either Jean Cousin the elder or Jean Goujon. The same blocks were later re-used for several typographically inferior quarto editions edited by Béroalde de Verville at the turn of the century. Soane made forty-eight pages of extracts translated from Colonna, with page references, dated February 1805 and 1806 (Archives 1/183); see Watkin, Soane, pp. 717, 723.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Variant with f. 102 misnumbered 103. With the phallic symbols in the illustrations on ff. 69a and 121a neatly shaded in ink. Evidence of a chalk tracing on f. 4a. Illegible monogram on f. 19a. A leaf (f. 94) from one of the quarto editions is loosely inserted at the corresponding point in the text (ff. 95b--96a). Early ink inscription on first front free-endpaper Menagurna(?) Tiv. 235. In another hand, first and second front free-endpapers inscribed with bibliographical notes in English quoting, amongst other sources, Temanza's Vita dei architetti, 1778.
Copy 2: Variant with f. 10 (B4) unsigned. Imperfect; wanting the first four leaves (f. a1--4) and final colophon leaf (f. Cc8). Several leaves are torn. With the title-leaf, f. 91 and the lower half of f. 156 supplied in manuscript facsimile. Frequent marginalia in ink by Soane in early part of book. With a folded sheet (watermark: 'Golding & Snelgrove / 1806') loosely inserted, containing a small section of the work transcribed by Soane with notes, together with a quarter sheet with the first few sentences translated by Soane into English. Inscribed in ink on front pastedown T Norcliffe 1759 and in other hands with the prices 0.18.0 in ink and 1-1-0 in pencil; and on front free-endpaper John Soane / Aug: 1805. Purchased by Soane from Josiah Taylor for 18s. on 27 August 1805. (Spiers Box). Soane had evidently been trying to obtain a copy as early as 1797, when the bookseller William Collins informed him that [catalogue] 'No.347 La Hypnerotomachia 1.11.6 is sold'. (Archive 16/12/35). He eventually obtained a copy of the 1545 Aldine page-for-page reprint of the original 1499 edition in 1814 (q.v.).

Binding Copy 1: C18th(?) mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine with red(?) leather spine-label reading '[P]oli / phile'.
Copy 2: C18th(?) calf, blind double-ruled borders and vertical line, gilt-ruled spine, later red leather spine-label with gilt title reading 'Discours / Du Songe / De / Poliphile'.

Reference Number 1966


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