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Describing Poliphilo’s quest for his beloved Polia, Colonna’s arcane allegorical romance of 1499 is unapologetically pagan, suffused with eroticism and composed in highly stylized Italian. This translation, featuring the 174 original woodcuts, is the first complete rendering of the work into English. It allows the modern reader access to a text that provides valuable insights into Renaissance ideas about gardens and architecture – and recently inspired the bestselling novel The Rule of Four. Off-mint and American-cut pages.