Festina lente This text has been first written in Latin. Then, to preserve it from roman censorship, it has been translated in a language that is a mix of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arab and Venetian. The credit for this rescue operation is probably to give to Francesco Colonna, prince of Palestrina. This is why it used to say that the author is Francesco Colonna itself. But it may be inaccurate. Most of coded pictures of these incunabula will nurture the theories of roman humanistic popes, from Nicolas V, founder of the Vatican Bibliotheca and Pie II, his successor (Poliphile’s story stops in 1467, 3 years after Pie II’s death, one year before the intellectuals’ trial)
For instance, the famous festina lente (speed up slowly) is illustrated in Poliphile’s incunabula with a dolphin emblem, which symbolizes Plato’s fast intuition that helps to discover mysteries, and an anchor, emphasizing Aristotle’s stability in thinking.