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COLONNA, Francesco da (d. 1527)
[Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. 1545]
La hypnerotomachia di Poliphilo, cioè; pugna d'amore in sogno. Dov' egli mostra, che tutte le cose humane non sono altro che sogno: & dove narra molt'altre cose degne di cognitione. Ristampato di novo, et ricorretto con somma diligentia, à maggior commodo de i lettori.
Venetia casa de' figliuoli di Aldo, 1545.
[468] p.: [170] woodcut illus.; 29.5cm. (2°)

The imprint appears in the colophon. The title is centred on the famous Aldine dolphin-and-anchor device. This is a page-for-page reprint of one of the most famous of all Renaissance illustrated books first published by Aldus Manutius in Venice in 1499, in Italian but with title in Latin. It re-uses all the original woodcuts except for the six blocks on leaves b4b, b5a (x2), e2b, e5a and x2a which were recut according to Ruth Mortimer (see Italian 16th-century books, 1974, no. 131). As is the case in the two Harvard copies described by Mortimer, the text pages for n1b and n8a have been transposed in this copy, and leaves e1 and s2 are missigned 'c' and 'S2' respectively.

Copy Notes Ink presentation inscription (above later pencil transcription) to the architect James Cavanah Murphy (1716--1814) on verso of front free-endpaper Jacobo Murphy / Architectoni Elegantissimo / Delineatori Accuratissimo / Viro / Permultis Literis / Necnon Artibus Permultis / Imbuto / Libellum Hunc / [deletion] Genio quam maximé consentaneum / & &. / H.S. / 1792. Solution to author's acrostic (i.e. initial letters of chapter headings spelling "M. Poliam frater Franciscus Columna peramavit") pencilled on second front free-endpaper. Six lines of notes in pencil on rear free-endpaper on Ithyphallos signs (not in Soane's hand). Purchased for two guineas (the price inscribed in pencil on second front free-endpaper) at the Murphy sale, 18 December 1814, with other books and prints to the value of £27, paid by draft dated 19 December. (Spiers Box, Miscellaneous booksellers). Soane already owned a copy of the 1561 French edition (q.v.), and 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).

Binding C18th full red straight-grained morocco, gilt triple-rule borders, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt with short title 'Poliphi / Jtipneo / Apaldu / 1545' in two compartments, gilt text-block edges.

Reference Number 1965


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