Lot 14
  • 14

Colonna, Francesco

15,000 - 20,000 USD
52,500 USD
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  • Colonna, Francesco
  • Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.
    Venice: sons of Aldus Manutius, 1545
  • ink, paper, leather
2o (11 7/8 x 8 in.; 300 x 204 mm.). Roman Greek and Hebrew type. 170 fine woodcuts, including 9 full-page (with that containing Priapus unusually uncensored). 5- to 9-line initial spaces with guide-letters and hand-written initials. First and final leaves from the 1499 edition (without the printer's device). Repair to lower right corner of title page.) Printing sometimes light
Modern dark blue morocco by James MacDonald, New York, covers detached.  


W. K. Bixby (bookplate); Library of the JTS of America (bookplate. gift from Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach. 


Adams C-2414; Mortimer Harvard Italian 131; Renouard, Alde, pp.133-34; Essling Pt. I, vol.2:2, no.119; Sander 2057. 

Catalogue Note

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.