CARY GRAPHIC ARTS COLLECTION
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: vbi hvmana omnia non nisisomnivm [sic] esse docet atqve obiter plvrima scitv sane qvam digna commemorat
Colonna, Francesco, 1433-1527
Manuzio, Aldo, 1449 or 50-1515
Dreams in literature
Architecture in literature
The enigmatic, polyglot Hypnerotomachia Poliphili ... has fascinated architects and historians since its publication in 1499. Part fictional narrative and part scholarly treatise, richly illustrated with wood engravings, the book is an extreme case of erotic furor, aimed at everything—especially architecture—that the protagonist, Poliphilo, encounters in his quest for his beloved, Polia. Among the instances of the book's manifesto-like character is Polia's tirade defending the right of women to express their own sexuality, probably the first sustained argument of this type, which lifts the book's erotic theme from the realm of ribaldry to the more daring one of sexual politics.
Aldus Manutius, Romanus, for Leonardus Crassus
Rochester Institute of Technology - RIT Libraries - Cary Graphic Arts Collection
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Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection. Founding Collection
Italy - Venice
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Full East Indian goat leather binding, hand stamped. Hand stitched headbands. Original endpapers. In slipcase.
Aldus Manutius is an alternate name for Aldo Manuzio.
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