Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT YALE UNIVERSITY, BEINECKE LIBRARY

Marston MS 17

Parchment and paper (Monts, similar to Briquet 11854), ff. II (modern paper) + 70 (the bottom part of f. 1 is ripped out) + II (mod. paper), modern pencil foliation, 289 × 220 (220-225 × 150) mm., 2 columns of 38-41 lines, 112 (-1st) 212 310 4-512 614 (-14th), quires have inside and outside parchment bifolia except for quire 1 (only last folio is parch.) and quire 6 (only the first folio is parch.), plain horizontal catchwords at bottom inner margin, frame ruled in lead, written by one person, fere-humanistic script. Decoration: f. 1, 5ߚline plain red initial; f. 8, blank space for a 10ߚline initial; red paragraph marks in the Petrarch text; 1 to 3ߚline red initials throughout the Boccaccio text; names of geographical locations are written in the margin by the scribe of text; the Boccaccio text has red running titles. The binding is 17th-c. mottled brown calf over paper boards, green leather label on the front cover with "Fr. Petrachi, Itinerarium, J. Bouatii, De Flaviis MS. 1434", and two green leather labels on the spine with "Petrarchae Itinerarium" and "Boccatius, De Montibus et Fluviis"; at the bottom of the spine is a round paper label with no. "28278 I3", and on another paper label is written the Phillipps ms. no. 1025; the pastedowns are marbled paper. ff. 1-7, Petrarch, Itinerarium breve de Ianua usque ad Ierusalem et Terram Sanctam , (letter to Giovanni da Mandello) inc. "Raro admodum spei nostre ...", expl. "... hoc duce doctior nobis ac sanctior remeabis. Explicit itinerarium Francisci Petrarcae" (G. Lumbroso, "L’Itinerarium del Petrarca", 390-402).
f. 7v, blank.
ff. 8-70, Boccaccio, De montibus silvis fontibus etc. , title "Viri clarissimi ac poetae illustris Iohannis Boccatii de Certaldo civis Florentini de montibus et fluminibus fontibus silvis lacubus et maribus liber incipit, prohemium", inc. "[S]urrexeram equidem fessus a labore quodam egregio ..." expl. "... Si quid vero congruum suis conformet (sic) scriptis comperiatur divine bonitati et doctrine ascribatur sue. Sit nomen Domini benedictum ex hoc / Nunc et usque in seculum. Amen. / Non nobis Domine non nobis sed nomini / tuo da gloriam. Hic est finis. Laus altissimo. Amen". ( GW , 4482; Branca, Tradizione, I).
f. 70v, blank.
2nd. f.: civitatem
ORIGIN
Written at Roccacontrada, now Arcevia, Ancona, Italy, on 28 July 1434, as per the colophon on f. 70, "In Rocha Contrata sub anno Domini millesimo CCCCo XXXIIIIo die XXVIIIo Iulii".
PROVENANCE
In the Jesuit college of Agen, f. 1, "Collegii Agen. Societ. Iesu Catal. Ins."; front flyleaf recto, " Phillipps Ms. 1025 " is written in ink with the Middle Hill stamp and no. 1025 written below the cancelled 1024; Phillipps number is repeated on. f. 1; Rosenthal (Munich, no. 28278 on spine); purchased from C. A. Stonehill in 1949 by T. E. Marston; gift of Yale Library Associates to Beinecke Library.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 46; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 66, no. 17; Jasenas, p. 37, no. 28. M. Morici, "Le opere geografiche del Petrarca e del Boccaccio copiate da un amanuense di Roccacontrada nel 1434", La Bibliofilia, VI (1905), 321-26; according to Morici, the scribe of Marston 17 is don Marco di Antonio di Sante Massi di Roccacontrada who also wrote another Boccaccio ms.: see Archivio storico messinese, II, fasc. 3-4, 150, in which Morici cites the colophon on f. 192, as follows: "Genealogiae Deorum Gentilium secundum Dominum Johannem Bocatium de Certaldo ad illustrem Principem Ugonem Jerusalem et Cypri regem liber quintus decimus et ultimus explicit. Exempatus (sic) per me Dominum Marcum Antonii de Roccha Contracta Sax.ti sub annis Domini MoCCCCoXL, 7o, die vero XXVI Madii. Ideo gloria, honor et laus sit Immense Trinitati semper per infinita secula seculorum. Amen".

Abbreviations
Branca, Tradizione, I
Branca, Vittore. Tradizione delle opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Roma, 1958
; and
Studi sul Boccaccio, II (vol. II, pp. 15-36), III (vol. IV, pp. 1-18), IV (vol. IX, pp. 1-19), V (vol. XIII, pp. 5-9).
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.
GW
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendruckee.
Jasenas
Jasenas, M. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts. New York and Washington, D. C., 1974.
Itinerarium breve de Ianua usque ad Ierusalem et Terram Sanctam:
Lumbroso, G. L. "Itinerarium" del Petrarca. Roma, 1888, in Rendiconti della R. Accademia dei Lincei, Classe di scienze morali, storiche e filologiche. Vol. IV, fasc. 8, 388-403; also in Lumbroso, Memorie italiane del buon tempo antico. Torino, 1889, 25-49.
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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