By Francesco Colonna

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some of the most recognized books on this planet, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, learn by way of each Renaissance highbrow and stated in stories of artwork and tradition ever given that, was once first released in English by way of Thames & Hudson in 1999.

it's a unusual, pagan, pedantic, erotic, allegorical, mythological romance concerning in hugely stylized Italian the search of Poliphilo for his liked Polia. the writer (presumed to be Francesco Colonna, a friar of doubtful acceptance) was once obsessed by means of structure, panorama, and costume―it isn't really going too some distance to assert sexually obsessed―and its 174 woodcuts are a main resource for Renaissance principles on either structures and gardens.

In 1592 an test used to be made to provide an English model however the translator gave up. the duty has been triumphantly finished through Joscelyn Godwin, who succeeds in reproducing all its wayward allure and arcane studying in language obtainable to the trendy reader. 174 black-and-white illustrations

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