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Aldus and his Dream Book

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Aldus and his Dream Book: An Illustrated Essay by Helen Barolini.

Barolini Aldus and His Dream Book

It would be going too far to concur with Helen Barolini’s assessment that the whole story of the Hypnerotomachia is “clearly autobiographical,” although George Painter speculates credibly that the second book may entirely be a veiled autobiography in which the priestess of Diana represents the prioress of a nunnery, and the priestess of Venus a bawd. … I am ultimately unpersuaded by Barolini’s defense of the thesis that Aldus Manutius was the author of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, preferring myself the more conservative and straightforward attribution to the monk Francesco Colonna. But Barolini’s book is full of useful research and observations on the Hypnerotomachia, and makes for enjoyable reading. [via]