Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


ITHACA, NEW YORK CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, RARE BOOKS

Mss Bd. Petrarch P P49 R5

Parch., ff. II (modern parch.) + 206 + I (modern parch.), not foliated, 207 × 135 (139 × 84) mm., 25 verses per page, 110 (modern parch.) 210 (the inside bifolium is modern parch.) 3-2010 2110 (-7th, 8th, 9th and 10th), plain perpendicular catchwords, signatures marked with letters of the alphabet beginning at quire 3, d-u, partially cropped, ruled in ink, written by two persons: 1) ff. 11-14v and 17-206v, semi-cursive humanistic script; 2) ff. 1-10v, 15-16v, modern copy. Decoration: first flyleaf, a modern copy of the title; f. 1, modern copy of a 3ߚline gold initial with floral decoration in red, blue and light green with gold rayed disks; f. 161, 3ߚline gold initial of Canzone 366 with floral decoration extending into the margin, pink and blue flowers on green stems with leaves, many small gold rayed disks with pen decorations at the tips; f. 164, 3ߚline gold initial with decoration similar to f. 161; each poem of the Rerum vulg. fragm. and the capitoli of the Triumphi begin with alternating red or blue 2ߚline initials; the stanzas are marked by a brown initial, and the poems are numbered; each terzina of the Triumphi begins with a brown initial; proper names appearing in the poems are also written by the scribe in the margins. Binding, modern morocco, gilt edges and "Petrarca" in gold letters on the spine. first flyleaf recto, title "Petrarca". ff. 1-163v, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , inc. "Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse il suono ...", (nos. 1-27, 28 vv. 1-15, 29, 30, 31 vv. 1-2, 37 vv. 13-62, 31, vv. 3-14, and 32-258, 264 vv. 26-125, 259-336, 350, 355, 337-349, 356-365, 351, 352, 354, 353, 366), expl. "... Ch’accolga ’l spirto mio ultimo in pace. τελος αμιν - θεο χαριν". ff. 163v-206v, Petrarch, Triumphi , title "Cominciano e triomfi sei di messer Francesco Petrarca cioè d’amore, di pudicitia, di morte, di phama, di tempo, d’eternità"; f. 164, inc. (Tr. cup. I) "Triompho primo d’amore, Nel tempo che rinuova i miei sospiri ... Vien cathenato Giove innanzi al carro"; f. 167, (Tr. cup. III) "[E]ra sì pieno il cor di maraviglie ... Et quale el mel temprato collo assentio"; f. 171, (Tr. cup. IV) "Da poi che mia fortuna in forza altrui ... Che ’l pie’ va innanzi et l’occhio torna adietro"; f. 174, (Tr. cup. II) "Stanco già di mirar non satio ancora ... Et d’un pome beffata alfin Cydippe"; f. 178, (Tr. pud.) "Triompho secondo di pudicitia, Quando ad un giogo et in un tempo quivi ... Fra quali io viddi Hyppolito et Ioseppe"; f. 182, (Tr. mort. I) "Triompho tertio della morte, Questa leggiadra et gloriosa donna ... Morte bella parea nel suo bel viso"; f. 187v, (Tr. mort. II) "La nocte che seguì l’orribil caso ... Tu starai in terra senza me gran tempo"; f. 189, (Tr. fam. I, fragment) "Triompho quarto della fama, Nel cor pien d’amarissima dolceza ... Poi alla fine vidi Arturo et Carlo"; f. 192v, (Tr. fam. I) "Da poi che morte triomphò nel volto ... Sì come adviene a chi virtù relinque"; f. 195, (Tr. fam. II) "Pien d’infinita et nobil maraviglia ... Magnanimo gentil costante et largo"; f. 198v, (Tr. fam. III) "Io non sapea di tal vista levarmi ... Che tira al vero la vaga opinione / Qui lascio et più di lor non dico avante"; f. 200v, (Tr. temp.) "Triompho quinto del tempo", f. 201, "Del thauro albergo et l’aurora innanzi ... Così ’l tempo triompha e nomi e ’l mondo"; f. 203v, (Tr. etern.) "Triompho sexto et ultimo della eternità"; f. 204, "Da poi che sotto il ciel cosa non vidi ...", expl. "... Or che fia dunque a rivederla in cielo. τελος".
2nd. f.: ch’avean
ORIGIN
Written in Italy , s. XV; an ownership note appears on f. 206, "Iste liber de Zoan Zeno di Donado [.] 1410 (?) de don Tomaso suo [.] fratello quando more .agazo [.]".
PROVENANCE
On f. 206 appears a note in a 16thߚcent. script, "Chi semina virtù fama richolie / Chi tempo perde mai non si riquista"; f. 206v, on lower margin, "MCCCCII"; on front pastedown is the dealer’s slip, "Luigi Arrigoni, Libreria Antiquaria, Milano", and "VVO" written in ink. W. Fiske bookplate on the front pastedown and his no. 190003 on the first front flyleaf verso. From W. Fiske bequest.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 33; De Ricci, p. 1249, Pet. Z 14. Wilkins, no. 19. Calkins, "Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts", 49, pl. off. 162 on p. 48.

Abbreviations
Calkins, "Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts"
Calkins, R.G. "Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts in the Cornell University Library." The Cornell Library Journal, 13 (May, 1972).
De Ricci
De Ricci, S. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols. New York, 1935-40.
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).
Wilkins
Wilkins, E.H. "Manuscripts of the Canzoniere and the Triumphs in American Libraries", Modern Philology, XLV (1947), 23-35 (updated in Wilkins, E.H. The Making of the "Canzoniere" and Other Petrarchan Studies. Roma, 1951.

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