Poliphili hypnerotomachia : vbi humana omnia non nisi somnium esse ostendit. atque obiter plurima scitu sanequam digna commemorat.

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Other titles
  • Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Italian, Latin and Greek
  • Hypnerotomachia Poliphili vbi humana omnia non nisi somnium esse docet. atque obiter plurima scitu sane quam digna commemorat
Published
  • [Venice] : [Aldus Manutius for Leonardus Crassus] [December 1499]
Physical description
[234] leaves : ill. (woodcuts) ; 33 cm (2°)
Notes
  • Title from title page with text in capitals on leaf a1 recto.
  • Preliminaries preceded by a title page with text in capitals on leaf [pi]1r, which reads in full: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, vbi humana omnia non nisisomnium esse docet. atque obiter plurima scitu sane quam digna commemorat. / Cautumest, ne quis in dominio ill. s.v. impune hunc librum queat imprimere.
  • Imprints from colophon on leaf F4 recto, which reads in full: Venetiis Mense decembris .M.ID. in aedibus Aldi Manutii, accuratissime.
  • Author's name concealed in acrostic formed by first letters of the chapters.
  • For reset sheets and variant copies, see N. Harris in Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 2006, and ISTC ic00767000.
  • For notes and references on the authorship, see BN cat. des incun. C-523, P. Scapecchi, in Accademie e biblioteche d'Italia 51 (1983) and 53 (1985), and E. Fumagalli in Aevum, 66.2 (1992) Scapecchi argues that Columna is the dedicatee, and that the author is Fra Eliseo da Treviso.
  • Woodcuts: 39 initials and 171 illustrations, including 11 full-page, throughout.
  • Woodcuts on leaves a6 verso and c1 recto signed "b.".
  • Signatures: [pi]⁴ a-y⁸ z¹⁰ A-E⁸ F⁴.
Contents
  • Title page, with privilege, [pi]1r; Leonardus Crassus Veronensis. [Dedication Letter to] Guido [Guidobaldo da Montefeltro], Duke of Urbino, leaf [pi]1v-[pi]2r; Johannes Baptista Scytha. "Carmen", dedicated to Leonardus Crassus, [pi]2r; "Elegia ad lectorem", [pi]2r-v; Franciscus Columna. [Note to the reader], including summary, in Italian, [pi]3r; Franciscus Columna. [Poem, addressed to] Leonardus Crassus, in Italian, [pi]3v-[pi]4r; Andreas Maro Brixianus [i.e. Andrea Marone]. [Epigram], in Latin, [pi]4v; [Epigram dedicated to Polia], in Latin, [pi]4v; title page, a1r; Franciscus Columna. [Letter from Poliphilus to Polia], in Italian, a1v; Franciscus Columna. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Books 1-2, a2r-z10r, A1r-F3r; Franciscus Columna. "Epitaphium Poliae", in Latin verse, F3v; Franciscus Columna. "Epitaph[ium] ubi Pol[ia] loquitur", in Latin verse, F3v; [Errata], F4r; colophon, F4r.
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Genre
  • Illustrated
  • Incunabula.
Language
  • Latin

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University of Cambridge Libraries: University Library: Order in Rare Books Room (Not borrowable) Inc.3.B.3.134[1830]
University of Cambridge Libraries: University Library: Order in Rare Books Room (Not borrowable) SSS.5.2
Lambeth Palace Library: Lambeth Palace Library, Main Collection SR1 [ZZ]1499.5

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