Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

G. 31.78

Paper (Ancre surmounted by a crown, not in Briquet; Monts similar to Briquet 11663), ff. I-III (early modern paper), + IV-XIII (15thߚcent. paper) + 107 + I (modern paper, torn), 16thߚcent. foliation in ink, Arabic numerals, 291 × 210 (212 × 110) mm., 46-51 verses per page, 1-810 96 1010 1110 (+11th), plain horizontal catchwords on inside margin, frame ruled in lead, written by one person, Italian gothic book hand (semigotica) with humanistic features. Decoration: f. 1, eight lines left blank for an initial; f. 87, six lines left blank for an initial; the poems of the Rerum vulg. fragm. and the capitoli of the Triumphi begin with 3ߚline alternating red and blue initials with modest pen decorations respectively in dull or bright red ink with harping and flourishes; red paragraph marks for the terzine and the quartine; numerous marginal notes for the Rerum vulg. fragm. in a late 15thߚcent. humanistic script; there is a running commentary for the Triumphi, Tr. cup. I, v. 109 - Tr. pud., on ff. 94-97; both texts are heavily corrected. Bound in natural color parchment over paper boards, on the spine is written "Petrarca, Sonetti e Rime". ff. IV-VIII, Index of first verses of the Rerum vulg. fragm. , written in a 15th.ߚcent. hand, inc. "A ppiè dei colli ove la bella vesta ...", expl. "... Vergine bella che de sol vestita LXXXIIII".
ff. IX-X verso, blank.
f. XI, Nota de Laura (written in a humanistic hand as are also the Rer. famil. II, 9, 18-19 on f. XI and the Vita on ff. XI-XIII verso), title "Manu propria Francisci Petrarche scripta [su]b hac forma", inc. "Laurea propriis virtutibus illustris ...", expl. "... exitus acriter ac viriliter cogitanti" (Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme, II, 286-87). f. XI, Petrarch, Rer. famil. II, 9, 18-19, title "Hec etiam sunt verba in epistola quadam scripta ad Iacobum de Columna Bomboriensem (sic) episcopum", inc. "Quid ergo ais finxisse me mihi spetiosum Laure nomen ...", expl. "... tibi pallor, tibi labor meus notus est. Vale" (Rossi, Le Familiari, I, 94-95). ff. XI-XIII verso, Ps. Antonio da Tempo, Vita di Petrarca , title "Incipit vita Francisci Petrarche poete laureati", inc. "Petrarcho figliuolo di Parenzo cictadino firentino (sic) discese d’assae antica et honesta famiglia ...", expl. "... et le pistole ad Barbatum et l’Affrica et septi salmi penitentionali (sic)" (Solerti, Le vite, 335-38; cf. G. Mezzanotte, "Pier Candido Decembrio e la vita del Petrarca attribuita a Antonio da Tempo", Studi petrarcheschi, n. s., I, 1984, 211-24). ff. 1-86, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , inc. "[V]oy che ascoltatte in rime sparse il sono ..." (nos. 1-52, 53, vv. 1-63 [vv. 10-17 of no. 59 are added to the end of no. 53, v. 63], 60-62, 63, vv. 1-10 [vv. 64-106 of no. 53 are added to the end of no. 63, v. 10], 54-58, 59, vv. 1-9 [vv. 33-39 of no. 66 are added to the end of no. 59, v. 9], 67-70, 71, vv. 1-23 [vv. 11-14 of no. 63 are added to no. 71, v. 23], 64-65, 66, vv. 1-32 [vv. 24-108 of no. 71 are added to the end of no. 66, v. 32], 72-263, f.61, "Secunda Pars de obitu", 264-272, 274-336, 350, 355, 337-349, 356-365, 351, 352, 354, 353, 366), expl. "Ch’acolgha il mio spirito ultimo in pace. Expliciunt fragmenta rerum vulgarium Francisci Petrarce poete laureati". ff. 87-107v, Petrarch, Triumphi , inc. (Tr. mort. II) "[L]a notte che seguì l’oribel caso ... Starai tu in terra senza mi gran tempo"; f. 89, (fragment of Tr. fam. I) "El cuor pien d’amarissima dolciecia ... Poi ale fine vidi Artino (sic) et Carlo"; f. 91, (Tr. cup. II) "Stancho già de mirar non saccio anchora ... Et d’un pomo beffata al fin Cidippe"; f. 92v, (Tr. cup. I) "El tempo che rinova i mie sospiri ... Vien chatennato Jove inanzi il carro"; f. 94v, (Tr. cup. III) "Era sì pieno il cor di miravelglie ... El qual il mel temprato cum l’asencio"; f. 96, (Tr. cup. IV) "Possa che mia fortuna in forcia altrui ... Che piè va inanzi et l’ochio torna adrietto"; f. 98, (Tr. pud.) "Quando vidi in un tempo et in un luogo / De molta l’altereza de li dei ... Et d’ongni sua baldancia ignudo et scargo" (in C. Appel, Die Triumphe Francesco Petrarcas [Halle, 1901], 224-230); f. 99, (Tr. mort. I) "Questa ligiadra et gloriosa donna ... Morte bella parea nel suo bel viso"; f. 100v, (Tr. fam. I) "Da po che morte triumphò nel volto ... Come adven a cui virtù relinque"; f. 102, (Tr. fam. II) "Pien d’infinita et nobil meravelglia ... Magnanimo zentil constante et largho"; f. 103v, (Tr. fam. III, only 24 verses) "Io non sapea da tal vista levarme ... Che tira il ver la vagha opinione"; f. 104, (Tr. temp.) "Nell’auro albergo cum l’aurora inanzi ... Consì (sic) il tempo triumpha in nomi al mondo"; f. 106v, (Tr. et.) "Da po che soto ’l ciel cossa non vidi ...", expl. "... Or che fia dunque a rivederla in cielo. Deo gratias". f. 86v, in a cursive humanistic script, title "Versi [di Petrarca] di Sancto Bernardino", inc. "Si tibi clara domus si splendida mensa quid inde / Si tibi sponsa decens si sit generosa quid inde ...", expl. "... Sola manet virtus qua glorificaberis inde" (Walther, Initia carminum, no. 18024, a variation). f. 86v, inc. "Si caecus claudus natus es languesens ve quid inde? ...", expl. "... Si paciens fueris semper laudaberis inde" (Walther, Initia carminum, no. 17640).
2nd. f.: sì traviato
ORIGIN
Written in Italy , s. XVin..
PROVENANCE
On the flyleaf no. IV is the signature "Vincenzo Paolino Missinisi"; another signature which has been partially cut off appears on the front flyleaf no. III "Ex libris d[.] Panz."; probably owned by Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Barrois (b. 1784) and later by Lord Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham who purchased the Barrois collection in 1849, as is suggested in the note on the front pastedown, "From the library of the Earl of Ashburnham (Barrois Coll.), sold by son of Lord Bertram at Sotheby 10 June, 1901, Lot 466"; sold by Ashburnham to Sydney Cockerell; modern pencil notes on f. IV, "ARJY" and "Sept. 10, 1901, A". Formerly Ms. f. Med. 27 .
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 9; De Ricci, p. 922, no 27; Wilkins, no. 8. Zoltán Haraszti, "Medieval Manuscripts in the Library", More Books, The Bulletin of Boston Public Library, ser. VI, vol. III (1928), 51-75. Dutschke, Census, no. 16, pp. 71-73.

Abbreviations
Briquet
Briquet, C.M. Les Filigranes, facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson. 4 vols. Amsterdam, 1968.
De Ricci
De Ricci, S. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols. New York, 1935-40.
Dutschke, Census
Dutschke, D. Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States, Padova, 1986.
Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme
De Nolhac, P. Pétrarque et l’humanisme. 2 vols. Paris, 1907 (reprinted in 1965).
Rerum familiarium libri:
Le Familiari (Familiarium libri I-XXIV) di Francesco Petrarca, edizione critica per cura di V. Rossi. Firenze, 1933-42 (anastatic reproduction, Firenze, 1968), 4 vols. (vol. IV by U. Bosco).
Solerti, Le vite
Solerti, A. Le vite di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio scritte fino al secolo decimosesto ... Milano, 1904.
Ullman
Ullman, B. L. Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States (Censimento dei codici petrarcheschi, no. 1). Padova, 1964 (also in Italia medioevale e umanistica, v [1962], 443-475).
Walther, Initia carminum
Walther, H. Initia carminum ac versuum Medii Aevi posterioris Latinorum. Göttingen, 1959.
Wilkins
Wilkins, E.H. "Manuscripts of the Canzoniere and the Triumphs in American Libraries", Modern Philology, XLV (1947), 23-35 (updated in Wilkins, E.H. The Making of the "Canzoniere" and Other Petrarchan Studies. Roma, 1951.

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