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PQ4619 .C9 H97X 1499 Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.
"Colonna, Francesco, d. 1527."

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Francesco Colonna. d. 1527. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Venice, Aldus Manutius, December 1499. Roman type, 34 lines, 234 leaves, woodcuts.

The author's name appears in acrostic, made up from the first letters of the 38 chapters. This books is considered by many bibliophiles as the most beautifully designed book printed because of the harmony of type and illustration and the delicacy of the woodcuts. Aldus Manutius , 1450-1515, founded the Aldine Press noted for careful printing of the classics and the first use of italic type.



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