Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

The Strife of Love in a Dream

Paperback496pp Illustrated227x153mm

9780500285497     Product Code: 506344


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.

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