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La Hypnerotomachia di Poliphilio by  Francesco COLONNA - Hardcover - 1545 - from Riverrun Books & Manuscripts (SKU: 406722)

La Hypnerotomachia di Poliphilio

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La Hypnerotomachia di Poliphilio

by COLONNA, Francesco

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  • hardcover
First thirteen leaves with lower outer corners renewed, most other leaves with smaller marginal conservation, occasionally touch
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Venice: Sons of Aldus Manutius, 1545. First thirteen leaves with lower outer corners renewed, most other leaves with smaller marginal conservation, occasionally touching or affecting a few letters. A very handsome copy, the cuts in fine condition. Folio (29.1 x 19.4 cm). Roman type, occasional Greek and Hebrew type. 170 fine woodcuts (9 full-page), printer's device on title, repeated on verso of final leaf. 5- to 9-line initial spaces with guide-letters. Later vellum preserving earlier morocco spine label. Provenance: some occasional neat, possibly late 18th/early 19th-century marginalia, occasionally in Greek. Second edition, reprinting page-for-page Aldus's 1499 edition, widely considered the most beautiful book of the 15th century. The 1545 edition, printed by Aldus's heirs, re-using the exceptional series of woodcut illustrations. The Paduan miniaturist, Benedetto Bordone, has been advanced as the artist of the illustrations (two blocks are signed 'b'), but the attribution remains unproven. Six blocks have been re-cut: b4v, b5r (2), e2v, e5r and x2r. Despite its claim to be "corrected," the text on n1v and n8r has been transposed, as it was in the first edition. "Cette reimpression est plus rare que l'edit. Originale" (Sander). Adams C-2414; Mortimer Harvard Italian 131; Renouard, Alde, pp.133-34; Essling Pt. I, vol.2:2, no.119; Sander 2057.


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La Hypnerotomachia di Poliphilio
COLONNA, Francesco
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The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...[more]
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
Vellum is a sheet of specialty prepared skin of lamb, calf, or goat kid used for binding a book or for printing and writing. ...[more]
spine label
The paper or leather descriptive tag attached to the spine of the book, most commonly providing the title and author of the...[more]
Very generally, "leaves" refers to the pages of a book, as in the common phrase, "loose-leaf pages." A leaf is a single sheet...[more]
Marginalia, in brief, are notes written in the margins, or beside the text of a book by a previous owner.  This is very...[more]
Especially for older books, a printer's device refers to an identifying mark, also sometimes called a printer's mark, on the...[more]
A folio usually indicates a large book size of 15" in height or larger when used in the context of a book description....[more]