Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT YALE UNIVERSITY, BEINECKE LIBRARY

MS 197

Paper (watermark hidden in binding, letter P?), ff. I (modern paper) + 26 + I (mod. paper), modern foliation, 207 × 142 (166 × 93) mm., 36 long lines, 112 212 32, pricking visible, ruled in dry point and lead, written apparently by three persons with similar types of bastard hands. Decoration: f. 1, 4ߚline blue initial with red and green leaf infilling, red floral pen decoration in the margin with small green flowers; plain red 4 to 6ߚline initials begin the letters; red paragraph marks and red slashing of initials throughout. Modern blue-gray paperboard binding, ‘Petrarcae et Aeneae Silvii Epistoles’ written on spine. ff. 1-7, Petrarch, Boccacii Griseldis historia ( Rer. senil. , XVII, 3), title "Incipit epistola domini Francisci Petrarche poete laureati ad dominum Iohannem Florentinum poetam de constantia Griseldis mulieris maxime constantie et patientie in preconium omnium laudabilium mulierum", inc. "Librum tuum ...", expl. "... hec muliercula passa est. Explicit epistola domini Ffrancisci Petrarche laureati poete ad dominum Iohannem Florentinum poetam de constancia Griseldis mulieris maxime constantie et patientie in preconium omnium laudabilium mulierum" (Burke-Severs, The Literary Relationships , 254-92). ff. 10v-14v, Petrarch, Rer. famil. , XII, 2, title "Francisci Petrarche ad Nicholaum de Azaiolis de Florentia magnum regni Cecilie senescallum epistola", inc. "Iam tandem, vir clarissime ...", expl. "... velocior ad sedes ethereas pervolabit. Vale patrie decus ac nostrum. Explicit Ffrancisci Petrarche ad Nicholaum de Azaiolis de Florencia magnum regni Cecilie senescallu[m] epistola. Deo gracias" (ed. Rossi, Le Familiari, III, 5-17). Ms. also contains: ff. 7v-10, E. S. Piccolomini, Letter , title "Incipit epistola Enee Silvii poete laureati sive Pii pape secundi de amoris remedio", inc. "Eneas Silvius etc. Ipolito Mediolanensi salutem plurimam dicit. Querebaris mecum nocte preterita, quod amori operam dares ...", expl. "... est, avertere stude. Ex Viena secundo calendis Ianuarii anno Domini Mo quadringentesimo quadragesimo tercio. Explicit epistola Enee Silvii poete laureati sivi Pii pape secundi de amoris remedio" (R. Wolkan, Der Briefwechsel des Eneas Silvius Piccolomini, II [Wien, 1912], 33-39). ff. 15-21, Pius II, Bulla retractationis (26 April 1463), title "Pii pape secundi Bulla retractacionum omnium dudum per eum in minoribus adhuc agentem pro consilio et Basilensi et contra Eugenium summum pontificem scriptorum incipit feliciter", inc. "Pius episcopus servus servorum Dei. Delectis filiis rectori et universitati scole ... In minoribus agentes, nondum sacris ordinibus...", expl. "... revocamus atque omnino respuimus. Datum Rome apud sanctum Petrum VI Kalendas Maias millesimo quadringentesimo sexagesimo tercio. Pii pape secundi Bullam retractationum ... finit feliciter. Deo gratias semper" (Magnum Bullarium Romanum a Beato Leone Magno usque ad S.D.N. Benedictum XIII..., ed. A. M. Cherubino, I [Luxemburg, 1727], 376-80). ff. 21v-26v, E. S. Piccolomini, Letter , title "Incipit epistola Enee poete de fortuna ad dominum Procopium militem", inc. "Eneas Silvius poeta salutem plurimam dicit domino Procopio de Rabensteyn, militi laureato et prestanti. Noctu preterita priusquam me quieti committerem ...", expl. "... holus Epicurei ac Pictagore legumen. Ex Vienna. Explicit epistola Enee poete de fortuna ad dominum Procopium de Rabensteyn Militem" (Wolkan, Der Briefwechsel..., I, 1, 343-53).
2nd. f.: erat
ORIGIN
Written in Germany , s. XVex..
PROVENANCE
Purchased in 1952 from C. A. Stonehill.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 56; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 39, no. 197.

Abbreviations
Boccacii Griseldis historia (Latin translation, Rer. senil., XVII, 3):
Burke-Severs, J. The Literary Relationships of Chaucer’s Clerks Tale. New Haven-New York, 1942, 254-92.
De Ricci, Suppl.
Supplement of De Ricci, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada, originated by C.U. Faye and continued by W.H. Bond. New York, 1962.
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).
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).

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