HYPNEROTOMACHIA POLIPHILI
The Strife of Love in a Dream

FRANCESCO COLONNA
Translated by JOSCELYN GODWIN
496pp 174 ILLUS 2005 LIST PRICE: £19.95 (P) LA72

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Exactly 500 years after its first publication by the great Venetian printing house Aldus Manutius, Francesco Colonna’s weird, erotic, allegorical antiquarian tale was translated into English and reprinted in full, together with all of its 174 original -- and enchanting -- illustrations. It is one of the most important documents of Renaissance imagination and fantasy, and its woodcuts are a primary source for Renaissance ideas on both buildings and gardens. Long prized by bibliophiles, and pored over by generations of scholars, this classic work will now gain the wider audience its melancholy genius merits.