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Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame   By: (-1527)

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[Transcriber's Note:

Typographical errors are listed at the end of the text. Side/footnote labels in lower case ([a] [b]...) are original; labels supplied by the transcriber are capitalized ([A] [B]...).

For this Latin 1 text, Greek has been transliterated and placed between marks. Hebrew text is similarly marked.]

Number 87

THE ENGLISH EXPERIENCE

Its Record in Early Printed Books Published in Facsimile

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(FRANCESCO COLONNA)

HYPNEROTOMACHIA

London 1592

Da Capo Press Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd. Amsterdam 1969 New York

The publishers acknowledge their gratitude to the Curators of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, for their permission to reproduce the Library's copy.

S.T.C. No.5577 Collation: A Z (4º), Aa Cc (4º)

Published in 1969 by Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd., O. Z. Voorburgwal 85, Amsterdam & Da Capo Press · a division of Plenum Publishing Corporation ·

227 West 17th Street, New York. 10011 Printed in The Netherlands

HYPNEROTOMA CHIA .

The Strife of Loue in a Dreame .

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At London, Printed for Simon Waterson, and are to be sold at his shop, in S. Paules Church yard, at Cheape gate .

1592.

TO THE THRISE HO NOVRABLE AND EVER LY VING VERTVES OF SYR PHILLIP SYDNEY KNIGHT; AND TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE AND OTHERS WHAT SOEVER, WHO LIVING LOVED HIM, AND BEING DEAD GIVE HIM HIS DVE .

To the Right Honourable Robert Deuorax, Earle of Essex and Ewe, Viscount Hereford, and Bourghchier, Lorde Ferrers of Chartley, Bourghchier and Louaine, Maister of the Queenes Maie sties Horse, and Knight of the most noble order of the Garter: Is wished, the perfection of all happinesse, and tryumphant felicitie in this life, and in the worlde to come.

When I had determined (Right honorable) to dedicate this Booke, to the euerlyuing vertues of that matchlesse Knight Syr Phillip Sydney ; me thought that I could not finde out a more Noble personage then your selfe, and more fit, to patronize, shield, and defende my dutie to the deade, then your Honour, whose greatnes is such, and vertues of that power, as who so commendeth them, deserueth not to be accounted a flatterer, but he that doth not the same, may be thought an euill willer. Hovv your Honor vvill accept hereof, I make no doubt, because that curtesie attendeth vpon true nobilitie; but my humble request is, that your Honor may not thinke of me (by the tytle of the Booke, and some part of the discourse) as if I vvere amorous, and did speake according to my ovvne passions, for I beeing restrained of my liberty, and helde in the graue of obliuion, where I still as yet remaine, oppressed with Melancholie, and wearied vvith deeper studies, I vvas glad to beguile the time with these conceits, anothomising in them, the vanitie of this life, and vncertaintie of the delights therof, in the Dreame of Poliphilus ; Which if it shall please your Honor at conuenient leysure to looke ouer, pardoning what you finde amisse, and weighing my good will, I shall thinke my selfe most happy.

And thus I humbly take my leaue, vntill that I may present your Honour, with a matter more fitting the same.

Your Honors deuoted,

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