Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT YALE UNIVERSITY, BEINECKE LIBRARY

Marston MS 99

Paper (watermark hidden in the binding), ff. I-IV (modern paper) + I (mod. parch.) + 142 + I (mod. parch.) + I-IV (mod. paper), contemporary foliation, 212 × 144 (150-153 × 90-95) mm., 112 2-316 4-1012 116 128, 27-30 verses per page, horizontal catchwords at middle bottom with simple pen decorations, signatures barely visible of Arabic numerals, ruled in lead, written in many hands: 1) ff. 1-19, 20-37v, 38v-49v and 58v-67v, in a minuscola cancelleresca ; 2) ff. 50-57 and 68-131v, a round gothic; 3) f. 19v, minuscola cancelleresca ; 4) f. 38, gothic semi-cursive; 5) ff. 57v-58, minuscola cancelleresca ; 6) ff. 132rv, 134v-136, minuscola cancelleresca . Decoration: f. 1v, a 6ߚline green and red (rubbed) initial ending in a leafy flourish, incorporating Petrarch seated at a writing table; each poem begins with a 2ߚline initial in the ink of the text; the versals are offset and in a display script; spaces for initials have been left blank. Modern binding, dark brown calf over paper boards, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, London, with "Petrarca Francesco le rime" on spine. ff. 1v-131v, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , inc. "Voi che ascoltate in rime sparse el suono ..." (nos. 1, 3, 2, 4-23, 25, 26, 24, vv. 1-13, 27-61, 66, 67, 62-65, 68-72, 73, vv. 1-15 and vv. 73-93, 74-79, 81, 82, 80, 83-210, 212-336, 350, 355, 337-349, 356-359, 360, vv. 1-47, 352, vv. 9-14, 354, 353, 366), expl. "... Ch’accolga ’l mio spirto ultimo in pace. Francisci Petrarche laureati poete rerum vulgarium fragmenta expliciunt. Deo gratias amen". f. 134v, Petrarch, Triumphi, Tr. mort. II, vv. 1-27, inc. "[L]a nocte che seguì l’orribel caso ...", expl. "... Anze che giorno già vicin n’agiunga". Ms. also contains: f. 132rv, Canzone , title "Magistri Antonii de Monte Alcino, etc.", inc. "O fiero mio destino o crude stelle ...", expl. "... O che mai pace impetre piú dal cielo. Finis". f. 132v, Sonnet , inc. "Sia maledecto mille volte Amore ...", expl. "... Poi che me lassi in sì crudel tormento". f. 135, Sonnet , inc. "Devoto mio, la tua ingratitudine ...", expl. "... Non parolette non menzogne o versi. Finis". f. 135, Sonnet , title "Romanus", inc. "[S]e ’l campo bianco quale è ’l corpo mio ...", expl. "... Ch’io veggio l’altre assai per essa invito". f. 135v, inc. "Femineo sesso d’ogne mal radice ...", expl. "... Senza pudore di vituperio, o amica" (rubricated in the margin: "vituperium mulieris"). f. 135v, title "Romanus", inc. "Tua fama a me assai più che altra è nota ...", expl. "... Dentro alla calla sotto y tuoy capelli / Di poetichi ucelli". f. 136, inc. "Mi spandi al canto et la dolce armonia / In etica morale o poesia//" (ends imperfectly).
ff. 136v-142v, ruled but blank.
2nd. f.: [P]er fare
ORIGIN
Written in Northeastern Italy, in the first quarter of s. XV (according to Ullman the date was earlier, ca. 1390).
PROVENANCE
Purchased by T. E. Marston in 1956 from C. A. Stonehill. Gift of Yale Library Associates to Beinecke Library.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 47; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 76, no. 99; Jasenas, pp. 23-24, no. 1, pl. 1 (of f. 1v).

Abbreviations
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.
Jasenas
Jasenas, M. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts. New York and Washington, D. C., 1974.
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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