Francesco Colonna. HYPNEROTOMACHIA POLIPHILI. The Strife of Love in a Dream

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Francesco Colonna. HYPNEROTOMACHIA POLIPHILI. The Strife of Love in a Dream. The entire text translated for the first time into English and introduced by Joscelyn Godwin. London: Thames & Hudson, (1999). Folio. Brown cloth, in fine condition. Dustjacket in near fine condition, price intact. [476] pages, including all 168  woodblock illustrations. From a review by H.R. Woudhuysen in the Times Literary Supplement of March 3, 2000:  “It is a characteristic work of the Renaissance, a complex and learned personal allegory, demanding all sorts of classical and esoteric knowledge to make its meaning apparent; in addition to architecture and iconography, the book’s reputed author, Francesco Colonna (c.1433-1527), had an interest in hieroglyphics, inscriptions, numerology, cryptography and alchemy. His work depicts a pagan world of great beauty and complexity, in which he loves to list and draw attention to plants and flowers, herbs and trees. It tells, in two books, of the love of Poliphilo, the hero, for Polia.”