Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Hypnerotomachia. = The strife of loue in a dreame Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. English A translation of: Colonna, Francesco. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. 6 “The Artist of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, ,” by William B. Scott, in the ” Athenaeum” of March .. a English translation, by C. P. Meehan, Dublin, , i.

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Hypnerotomachia. = The strife of loue in a dreame Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. English

Polia drags the lifeless Poliphilo into a corner of the temple. After his many adventures and trials and not without a little intervention from Cupid’s well placed arrowit seems tranalation he eventually wins the heart of Polia. Others have seen the text as a stereotypical product of its time.

The type is thought to be one of the first examples of the italic typeface, and in incunabula, it is unique to the Aldine Press.

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Poliphilo treats buildings as objects of desire and enjoys touching and caressing many of them, thus metaphorically demonstrating his feelings for Polia. 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.

Not only is it the only illustrated book that he produced, but it is also unique amongst his major works for being produced on commission. These include a translation into modern Italian as part of the volume 1: Poliphilo flees a dragon.



A ‘Roman’ as opposed to Gothic style font had been invented earlier by another acclaimed printer, Nicholas Jenson; it was based upon humanist calligraphers’ attempts to recreate the script of classical antiquity. H9E G ; George D.

Poliphilo flees a dragon folio a3v: Although the number of elaborately illustrated volumes increased throughout the s, this work is exceptional for the way in which the woodcuts integrate harmoniously with the text, following the plot with a closeness unparalleled in other fifteenth-century books.

As the work opens, the inconsolable Poliphilo is tormented by insomnia as he thinks of his unrequited love for Polia.

Although it is by no means a practical manual on the subject, Poliphilo encounters numerous buildings, ornaments, gardens and sculptures on his journey. He escapes, and falls asleep once more. He set out to produce accurate editions of the Greek and Latin classics, and it is his great scholarly achievement in Greek printing that has ensured his fame.

As the colophon above states, the book was ‘most accurately done at Venice, in the month of December,at the house of Aldus Manutius’. The beautiful Bembo type with which this work is printed was one of the most modern in appearance of the fifteenth century types, and is still a standard used hypnerotomachoa.

Other typographical innovations include playing with the traditional layout of the text; in the opening hypnegotomachia here, for example, the pages are shaped in the form of goblets.

The overall literary merit of this work is debatable, and some critics have dismissed it as unreadable. O xford T ext A rchive: On Cythera, they see another triumphal procession celebrating their union.


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But do they live happily ever after? More recently, Joscelyn Godwin praises the work’s intensity of atmosphere, describing it as a sustained erotic fantasy ‘saturated with ennglish desire to gaze, to taste, and to consume’. The strife of love in a dream London: Polia rejects Poliphilo, but Cupid appears to her in a vision and compels her to return and kiss Poliphilo, who has fallen into a deathlike swoon at her feet. Nikandrou tou Kolophoniou Theriaka meta scholion. He died in October at the age of As Poliphilo is about to take Polia into his popiphili, Polia vanishes into thin air and Poliphilo wakes up.

To Painter, the haunting woodcuts seem entirely modern ‘in their passion and calm, their hypnerotomacha and reality, their startling but nobly classical carnality and paganism’.

Polipgili then takes over the narrative, relating how Poliphilo fell in love with her when he first glimpsed her emglish her hair at a window in Treviso. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. For an example of another Venetian incunable, see the feature on Jenson’s Breviary. Several sequential double page illustrations add a visual dimension to the progression of the narrative, and act like an early form of the strip cartoon. Along the way they come across five triumphal processions celebrating their union.