Comments: The Devil's Catalog

And Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili?

Posted by tm at November 26, 2003 09:08 AM

I didn't even realize the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili had been translated. I probably won't be adding it anytime soon to the shelves of esoteric literature, although I do have Aldus and His Dream Book.

Posted by Bill at November 29, 2003 11:15 PM

It's quite recent: 1999. The translation is by Joscelyn Godwin and published by Thames & Hudson. As is noted on the flap of the dust jacket, it's been printed in the same size and format as the original, and with all of the woodcuts. I found it purely by chance, in the discount section of the American Book Store here in Leuven (Belgium), at about a third of the normal price. It's definitely my best book-find ever.

As chance would have it, I saw an edition of the original a couple of weeks ago, along with Orlando Furioso and Vesalius, at an exhibition curated by Umberto Eco. The entire exhibition is organized around Titian's Venus, with everything else contextualizing or somehow enriching one's understanding or appreciation of that one painting.

Posted by tm at December 1, 2003 07:34 PM