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- Colonna, Francesco, d. 1527.
- Standardized title:
- Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
- Other title:
- Half-title: Poliphili hypnerotomachia : ubi humana omnia non nisi somnium esse ostendit, atque obiter plurima scitu sanequam digna commemorat
Sogno di Polifili.
- Ristampo di novo, et ricorretto con somma diligentia, à maggior commodo de i lettori
- In Venetia : In Casa de' Figliuoli di Aldo, MDXXXXV 
 p. ill. ; 31 cm. (fol.)
- næa, o-sa e.li gl&d (C) 1545 (R)
Allegories -- Early works to 1800.
Classical antiquities -- Early works to 1800.
Dreams -- Early works to 1800.
- Place of Publication:
- Italy Venice.
- The chapter initials are a Latin acrostic which provides the author's name: Poliam frater Franciscvs Colvmna peramavit. There are at least two possible candidates for Colonna; the work has also been attibuted to Eliseo da Treviso and (by Khomentovskaia) to Felice Feliciano. On the question of authorship and attibution see: A. Khomentovskaia, "Felice Feliciano da Verona," Bibliofilia 37 (1935), (1935), p. 154-73, 200-211 and 38 (1936), p. 20-47, 92-101; L. Donati, "Diciamo qualche cosa del Polifillo," Maso Finiguerra 3 (1938), p. 70-96; P.F. Brown, Venice and antiquity (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996), Appendix 1.
Italian text originally issued in 1499 with Latin title: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.
Latin half-title on leaf a1r.
Printer's name from colophon on leaf F4r, which reads: In Vinegia, nell'anno M. D. XLV. In Casa de' Figliuoli di Aldo.
Signatures: pi⁴ a-i⁸ K⁸ l-y⁸ z¹⁰ A-E⁸ F⁴ (e1 signed "c"; s2 signed "S ii").
Register on leaf F4r.
Text of leaves n1v and n8r wrongly imposed in each other's places.
Woodcut illustrations are those of the 1499 Aldine ed. with the exception of 8 which are copies; ornamental woodcut initials omitted. Woodcut printer's device on title leaf and leaf F4v.
Initial spaces with guide letters.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Perkins Books and Archives Fund.
Purchased for the Penn Libraries in 2011.
Penn Libraries copy has evidence of oval ex libris at foot of title leaf.
Penn Libraries copy has some ms. underlines and a few marginal notes in brown ink in text; leaves pi1-A8 each has ms. foliation ("1"-"198") in brown ink in head outer corner; modern ms. notes in French in pencil in tail margin of leaves n1r, n1v, n7v and n8r regarding error in imposition.
Penn Libraries copy without rubrication.
Penn Libraries copy bound in early 19th-century full blue straight-grained morocco; boards tooled in gold; 5 raised crimson, gold-tooled bands on spine; gold-tooled spine panels; brief title ("Hypnerotom Poliphili") stamped in gold on spine; gold-tooled cover edges and turn-ins; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt.
Penn Libraries copy has a few marginal ink blots; small portion of tail margin of leaf A3 torn off.
- Cited in:
- BM STC Italian, 1465-1600, p. 530
EDIT 16 CNCE 12823
Mortimer, R. Italian 16th cent., 131
Sander I, 2057
Eliseo, da Treviso, 15th cent.
Feliciano, Felice, 15th cent.
Manuzio family, printer.
Perkins Books and Archives Fund.
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