Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT YALE UNIVERSITY, BEINECKE LIBRARY

Osborn MS a. 17

Paper (Tête de boeuf, similar to Briquet 14851), ff. I (modern paper) + 134 + II (modern paper), modern pencil foliation, 215 × 150 (ca. 137 × 80) mm., 24 long lines, 18 (+1st-4th) 2-610 712 8-1010 1110 (-9th and 10th) 1210 1310 (+14th and 15th), ruled by three vertical folds 40 mm. apart, vertical catchwords, written primarily by three persons: 1) ff. 1-93, 2) ff. 93v-112, 3) ff. 113-132, all in a humanistic cursive. Decoration: 2ߚline initials throughout, occasional proper names written in red in the margin by the scribe. Bound in 19thߚcent. brown calf over wooden boards. ff. 28v-31v, Lombardo della Seta, Epystola ad F. Petrarcham , title "Ad celeberrimum vatem Franciscum Petrarcham poetam laureatum Lombardi a Sirico epistula de dispositione suae vitae incipit foeliciter", inc. "Fervet animus te videndi ...", expl. "... Accelerant, discedunt, remaneo. Tu, peroptime mi frater, vale. IIIo Kalendas martias" (G. Ferrante, "Lombardo della Seta umanista padovano", Atti del R. Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, 93 [1933-34], 11, 480-87; cfr. E. H. Wilkins, Petrarch’s Correspondence [Padova, 1960], 126-27). ff. 83v-93, Petrarch, Boccacii Griseldis historia ( Rer. senil. , XVII, 3), inc. "Franciscus Petrarcha Iohanni Boccacio salutem. Librum tuum ...", expl. "... hec muliercula passa est. Vivas lector et valeas" (Burke-Severs, The Literary Relationships , 254-92). f. 93v, Petrarch, Nota de Laura , title "Franciscus Petrarcha vates celeberrimus haec perpetuam ipsius memoriam in cellula ubi continue morabatur descripsit", inc. "Laura propriis virtutibus ...", expl. "... exitus acriter ac viriliter cogitanti. Finis" (Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme, II, 282-87). ff. 105-112, Pier Paolo Vergerio, Vita Petrarce , title "Vita Francisci Petrarce per Petrum Paulum Vergerium Iustinopolitanum", inc. "Franciscus Petrarcha Florentinus origine ex antiqua familia ...", expl. "... Scipius aurato subiit Capitolia curru. Finis." (ends with the nine argumenta; Solerti, Le vite, 294-301; Petrarca, L’Africa , ed. Festa, LXXILXXIII). Ms. also contains: f. 1, Quotations from Plato, Plutarch, Pliny, St. Jerome and Aristotle, title "Platonis sententia relata a Plutarco in vita Demitrii", inc. "Preclara inquit ingenia quemadmodum virtutes maximas ...", expl. "... Aristotiles in Ethica sua, computandi racionandique diligentia magnificentiae contraria est".
f. 1v, blank.
f. 2, Notes by first scribe on painters in Padua beginning with Giotto, inc. "Zotto pictore fiorentino depinse la capella di Scrovegni ne la Arena ...", expl. "... El ditto Iusto depinse la capella di Conti dove è el beato Luca".
f. 2v, blank.
f. 3, Ownership note, "Dultii Caesaris Patavini Ordinis Minorum Conventualium. No 486". f. 3v, Table of contents in a 16thߚcent. hand. f. 4-11v, Oration , title "Oratio iuvenis licentiam sui necandi a iudicibus petentis. Argumentum", inc. "Cum Grece lego declamationis genus reperi ...", expl. "... mihi reddidi puellam hostem dum uti metuo. Finis". ff. 11-12v, Speech in another hand, title "1556 die Ianuarii Patavii: xo", inc. "Essendo l’inclita cità di Padova ne l’anno 1555 per divina voluntà conturbata dalla contagiosa pestilentia ...", expl. "... nel sopra passatto anno". ff. 13-18, Francesco Contarini, Dialogue , title "Francisci Contareni dialogus incipit", inc. "Cum impar pro mea consuetudine Ianocci clarissime ad te visendum accederem ...", expl. "... ut diutus vobiscum immorari nequeam. Valeas qui legeris. Finis" (A. Segarizzi, "Francesco Contarini, politico e letterato veneziano del secolo XV", Nuovo Archivio Veneto, n.s., XII [1906], 288-306; see L. Bertalot, Studien zum italienischen und deutschen Humanismus, ed P.O. Kristeller, 1 [Roma, 1975], 367-69).
f. 32, blank.
f. 32v, Note, inc. "Non habuit semper cardinalium dignitas ...", expl. "... pro parte nationis hispanicae annumeratus est". ff. 33-47, Leonardo Bruni, Funeral oration for Giovanni Strozzi , title (in a later hand) "Leonardi Brunni in funere Nannii Strozzi oratio", inc. "Lex fuit vetusta Solonis, ut opinor, sapientissimi ...", expl. "... et perpetua civium suorum comendatione foelicem. Oratio funebris Leonardi Aretini pro clarissimo viro Nanni Stroza milite Florentino" (Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 173).
f. 47v, blank.
ff. 48-57v, Poggio Bracciolini, Funeral oration for Francesco Zabarella , inc. "Etsi plurimo luctuque ...", expl. "... perpetuo conservetis. Dixi. Poggii Florentini oratio edita Constantie in funere domini Francisci Zabarelle cardinalis florentini finit" (Poggio Bracciolini, Opera omnia, ed. R. Fubini, I [Torino, 1964, reprint of Basel 1538 edition], 252-61).
f. 58, blank.
ff. 58v-61v, Girolamo Maggi, Oration , inc. "Apud veteres historiarum scriptores reverendissime ...", expl. "... comprobatus fueris. Valeas qui legeris. Domini Ieronimi Madii oratio pro D. Thadeo Quirino" (S. Maffei, Verona illustrata, II [Verona, 1731; Bologna, 1974], 103; P. O. Kristeller, Iter italicum, I, 267, 320).
ff. 62-63v, blank.
ff. 64-73v, Phillippus Ariminensis, Symposium paupertatis , title "Philipi Simphosion de paupertate incipit foeliciter ad Franciscum virum clarissimum", inc. "Si me ad illustres rerum scriptores ...", expl. "... Areophilus et blande dimisit. Τελος".
f. 74rv, blank.
f. 75, Leonardo Bruni, Dedication letter to Bindaccio Ricasoli for De duobus amantibus , inc. "Leonardus Aretinus Bindacio Recasolano viro prestantissimo salutem. Cum sepius mecum egisset ...", expl. "... quae in manus exeant aliorum. Vale. Τελος". ff. 75v-82v, Leonardo Bruni, De duobus amantibus Girardo et Sigismunda (Latin trans. of Boccaccio, Dec. , IV, 1), inc. "Tancredus fuit princeps Salernitanus ...", expl. "... in eodem sepulchro sepelliri ambos fecit. Finis" (Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 176).
f. 83 and f. 94, blank.
ff. 94v-100, Pier Paolo Vergerio, Funeral oration for Francesco (Sr.) da Carrara , title "P. P. Vergerii Iustinopolitani de dignisimo funebri appatu in exequiis clarissimi omnium principis Francisci senioris de Carraria", inc. "Soleo saepe maiorum nostrorum res animo volvere ...", expl. "... Cumque multa veneratione conventum a se dimisit. Finis" ( RIS , XVI [1730], 189-94). ff. 100-104v, Pier Paolo Vergerio, Funeral oration for Francesco (Sr.) da Carrara , title "P. Pauli Vergerii oratio in funere clarissimi omnium principis Francisci senioris de Carrara habita XXI novembris MCCCLXXXXIIIo", inc. "Vereor optimi o viri ...", expl. "... aggeribus partes, valloque et flumine cinxit. Finis" (ends with an epitaph beginning "Magnanimi sunt ossa senis, quo principe semper ...") ( RIS , XVI [1730], 194-98).
f. 112v, blank.
ff. 113-132, Leonardo Bruni, Dialoghi ad Petrum Histrum libri I-II, title "Leonardi Aretini Dialogus incipit foeliciter", inc. "Vetus est cuiusdam sapientis sentencia ...", expl. "... ad pontem veterem Colutium prosequente. Finis. Explicit secundus liber dialogi Leonardi Aretini ad Petrum Histrum" (ed. G. Kirner [Livorno, 1889], 1-61).
ff. 132v-134v, blank.
f. 134v, Horace, Epist. , I, 2, 55, "Oratius. Fuge voluptatem. Nocet empta dolore voluptas". f. 134v, "Cesare Dultone. Fuggi le finte et perfide lusinghe / Fuggi questi atia [.] che son in doglie".
2nd. f.: (f. 5) et dixistis
ORIGIN
Written in Italy, probably Padua, s. XVex..
PROVENANCE
Owned in Padova, Italy, in the 16th century, perhaps by a certain monk, Cesare Dultone, whose name appears on f. 3 and f. 134v; unidentified arms on f. 4, argent, a bend embattled azure, the whole set on a rose colored ground encircled in green flanked by the initials NI and HO; Phillipps Ms. 9627 (from Thorpe, 1836, no. 913); purchased from W. H. Robinson, 1953; a bequest of J. M. Osborn, 1976.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 54; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 98, no. 16.

Abbreviations
Africa:
Africa, edizione critica per cura di N. Festa. Firenze, 1926.
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.
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.
Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme
De Nolhac, P. Pétrarque et l’humanisme. 2 vols. Paris, 1907 (reprinted in 1965).
RIS
Muratori, L. A., ed. Rerum italicarum scriptores.
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).

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