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Printed in the same size and format as the original, the book includes all the woodcuts and has a substantial introduction by Professor Godwin. Its ...Show synopsisPrinted in the same size and format as the original, the book includes all the woodcuts and has a substantial introduction by Professor Godwin. Its appearance is a publishing event, filling a notorious gap in every academic library, in the collections of scholars, and on the bookshelves of everyone interested in the history of Western culture.Hide synopsis
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Publisher: Thames & Hudson, London, first edition thus, 1999
Description:Bookplate on front pastedown endpaper, otherwise Very Good in...Bookplate on front pastedown endpaper, otherwise Very Good in slightly fingermarked and slightly creased dustwrapper. Cloth, small folio, 32 cm, xix, 474 pp, 174 ills. Translated into English from the Italian and with a substantial intrduction. "This edition has been prepared and published on the 500th anniversary of the printing of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili by Aldus Manutius in Venice, closely following the original in layout and design". From the blurb: "It is hard to believe that the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed by Aldus Manutius in 1499, one of the most famous books in the world, read by every Renaissance intellectual and endlessly referred to in studies of art and culture ever since, has never appeared in English. One reason, no doubt, is the length and difficulty of the text. It is a strange, pagan, pedantic, erotic, allegorical, mythological romance relating in highly stylized Italian the quest of Poliphilo for his beloved Polia. The author (presumed to be Francesco Colonna, a friar of dubious reputation) was obsessed by architecture, landscape and costume-it is not going too far to say sexually obsessed-and its 174 woodcuts are a primary source for Renaissance ideas on both buildings and gardens. In 1592 a beginning was made to produce an English version but the translator gave up after only a third of the text. Now, at last, the task has been triumphantly accomplished by Joscelyn Godwin, who succeeds in reproducing all its wayward charm and arcane learning in language accessible to the modern reader. Printed in the same size and format as the original, the book includes all the woodcuts and has a substantial introduction by Professor Godwin. After five centuries the English-speaking public can finally read this amazing work for themselves, a work that admits us into the springtime world of the Renaissance, of Mantegna, Botticelli and Alberti."
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