Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT YALE UNIVERSITY, BEINECKE LIBRARY

Marston MS 149

Paper (Monts similar to Briquet 11684), ff. II (modern paper) + 60 + II (modern paper), modern foliation, 290 × 215 (190 × 115-120) mm., 35-38 long lines, 1-510 610 (10th is a modern paper replacement), plain horizontal catchwords at middle bottom, ruled in lead, written by two persons: 1) ff. 1-51v, semi-cursive humanistic, 2) ff. 51v-59v, round gothic book hand. Decoration: f. 1, 12ߚline parted initial in blue and red; f. 51v, 5ߚline blue initial with red ink decoration; f. 57, 5ߚline parted initial in red and blue; 3 to 4ߚline alternating red and blue initials throughout. Bound in modern brown morocco goat skin over paper boards, on spine is "L. Bruni Guerra Punica, Vite di Dante e Petrarca, Ms. Sec. XV"; edges marbled in blue and white. ff. 57-59v, Leonardo Bruni, Vita di F. Petrarca , title "Incomincia la vita de meser Francesco Petrarcha ordinato como di sopra", inc. "Francescho Petrarcha homo de grande ingegno ...", expl. "... così a chi non merita como a chi merita dare se puote. Finis. Deo gratias. Amen". (Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 63-69). Ms. also contains: ff. 1-51v, Leonardo Bruni, La prima guerra punica (trans. of Commentaria tria de bello Punico ), title "De la prima guerra punica. Il primo libro comincia felicemente, opera compilata per meser Leonardo Aretino. Prohemio", inc. "Parerà forse a molti che io vada dietro a cose troppo antiche ... primamente combattero per mare", f. 1v, (Bk. I) "Incomincia el primo libro de la prima guerra punica. La prima guerra punica cioè la prima guerra ...", expl. "... Et non molto di puoi tolte loro possessione constretti fuoro in gran parte abandonare il paese. Deo gratias" (Leonardo Bruni, La prima guerra punica, a cura di A. Ceruti [Bologna, 1878], 1-246). f. 51v-56v, Leonardo Bruni, Vita di Dante , title "Incomincia el libro de la vita et studii et costumi de Dante et de meser Francesco Petrarcha poeti chiarissimi composto et ordinato per decto meser Leonardo", inc. "Avendo in questi giorni posto fine a una opera asai longa ...", expl. "... e permuta gli abitatori con volgere di sue rote. Amen" (Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 50-63).
f. 60rv, blank.
2nd. f.: [ri]paro
ORIGIN
Written in Italy , s. XV.
PROVENANCE
Library stamp on f. 1 of a circle enclosing a cross between the letters S and A; Karl W. Hiersemann to Joseph J. (Giuseppe) Martini, 1920; purchased by T. E. Marston in 1957 from H. P. Kraus; gift of Yale Library Associates to the Beinecke Library.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 48; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 90, no. 226.

Abbreviations
Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino
Baron, H. Leonardo Bruni Aretino, Humanistisch-philosophische Schriften. Leipzig, 1928.
Briquet
Briquet, C.M. Les Filigranes, facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson. 4 vols. Amsterdam, 1968.
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.
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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