Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT YALE UNIVERSITY, BEINECKE LIBRARY

Marston MS 80

Paper (Monts, similar to Briquet 11854), ff. I (modern paper) + 151 + I (mod. paper), early (in same hand as the rubrics) foliation in red ink, "Carta 3a - Carta 190a", and modern pencil foliation, 216 × 145 (165 × 100-115) mm., 42-48 long lines, 116 (-1st, 2nd and 3rd) 216 316 416 (-14th, 15th and 16th) 510 (+11th, 12th and 13th) 6-1016, catchwords in crudely decorated square brackets, frame ruled in lead, written by one person in a semi-cursive gothic book hand, f. 151rv in a different contemporary hand. Decoration: 2ߚline plain red initials and paragraph marks throughout; some marginal notes. Bound in limp parchment, natural color and illegible writing on back cover. f. 151v, Epytaphium Petrarce , "Frigida Francisci lapis hic tegit ossa Petrarce / Suscipe Virgo parens animam o sate Virgine parce / Fessaque iam terris celli requiescat in arce" (Solerti, Le vite, 297, 319, 326, 355). f. 151v, Petrarch, De remediis utriusque fortune (excerpt), title "Franciscus Petrarcha in de remediis utriusque fortune", inc. "Mors exillium luctus et dollor non sunt suplicia, set tributa vivendi". Ms. also contains: ff. 1-33v, Seneca, Controversiae (selections), title "Declamatio 3a lex. Incesta saxo deiciatur, Cassus", inc. "Incesta id est poluta a consanguineo vel ab allio, saxo deiciatur ...", expl. "... utilitate et honore spiritualli pro exaltanda anima". ff. 34-87v, Collected excerpts from the Gesta romanorum , Dialogus creaturarum and Romuleae Fablae , recension of Gualterius Anglicus, title "Incipiunt exempla ad diversas materias recolecta ex diversis libbris et primo de vana gloria mundi; millesimo CCCCoXo, 28o madii", inc. "Ubi, primo de potentia magni Alexandri quem sibi totum mundum subiecit ...", expl. "... et aperto sepulcro ipsa mullier ligavit//" (ends chapter entitled "De muliere que fuit privata viro"). ff. 88-150v, Miracles of the Virgin ; Gregorius Magnus, Dialogi (excerpts); Walter Burley, De vita et moribus philosophorum (excerpts); excerpts from anonymous authors, title "Incipiunt aliqua miraculla gloriosse Virginis Marie, de ave Maria", inc. "Legitur quod fuit quidam monachus ellectus episcopus qui vadens ...", expl. "... de fabro Constantinopolitano qui morabatur iuxta palacium imperatoris, etc." (ends chapter entitled "De prudencia senectutis"). f. 151, Epitaphs1. "Versus e [folio damaged]", inc. "Helpes dicta fui, Siculle regionis al[.] ... hac sunt in fossa Bede venerabillis ossa" (Walther, Initia carminum, no. 7695). 2. "Epitaphium super sepulcrum gloriossi Geronimi", inc. "Hic dux doctorum iacet et flos presbiterorum ... Dic veniens ave; desuper ire cave". 3. "Epitaphium pro Io.", inc. "Curia conscilium tunc civem ... cupiens meliores pergere in auras". 4. Epitaph of Nicola de Carturis, "Epitaphium domini Nicolai episcopi et comitis Tergesti ordinis min.", inc. "Heu memorande pater fatum Nicolae ... Mileximo quadrigentesimo sextodecimo die lune 13o [.] in die octavo Epiphanie, hora sexta, migravit ad Dominum". f. 151v, Epitaphs1. "Epitaffium Senecce", inc. "Cura labor meritum sumpti pro munere honores ... Rebus terenis hospita tera valle" (Anthologia latina, ed. A. Riese, II, Lipsiae 1906, 138, no. 667, incomplete missing last two lines). 2. "O tu qui transsis Dominum rogitare memento ... Talli namque domo clauditur omnis homo". 3. Bernardo Scannabecchi (?), Epitaph of Dante , title "Epitaffium Dantis", inc. "Iura monarchie, superos, Flagetonta lacusque ...", expl. "... quem genuit parvi Florencia mater amoris" (Enciclopedia dantesca, II, 711; G. P. Marchi, "Per l’attribuzione a Rinaldo da Villafranca dell’epitafio di Dante ‘Iura monarchie’", Vestigia: Studi in onore di G. Billanovich, II [Roma, 1984], 417-28). 4. "Epitaffium Virgillii", inc. "Mantua me genuit, Calabri rapuere, tenet ... Invidia celleri fata tullere neque" (Vitae virgilianae antiquae, ed. C. Hardie [Oxonii 1957], 10).
2nd. f.: Deffensio
ORIGIN
Written in Northern Italy, s. XV1: see date on f. 34, "Millesimo CCCCoXo madii" and cfr. f. 151, "Mileximo quadrigentesimo sextodecimo die lune 13o".
PROVENANCE
Purchased by T. E. Marston from C. A. Stonehill in 1953; gift of Yale Library Associates to Beinecke Library.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 50.

Abbreviations
Briquet
Briquet, C.M. Les Filigranes, facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson. 4 vols. Amsterdam, 1968.
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.

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