Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


ITHACA, NEW YORK CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, RARE BOOKS

Mss Bd. Petrarch P P49 R511

Parch., ff. 1 (modern parch.) + 226 + 1 (modern parch.), not foliated, 142 × 90 (90 × 52) mm., 24 verses per page, 1-2110 226 2310, perpendicular catchwords with simple pen decorations, ruled in drypoint, written by one person, a cramped round humanistic script, flaking ink. Decoration: f. 1, a 6ߚline gold initial with a 3/4 border decoration of white vinestem over a blue ground with tiny white dots, infilling in blue, pink and green, with tiny gold rayed disks at the tips, and in the bottom margin is a coat of arms within a wreath supported by an angel; f. 171, a 6ߚline gold initial in the same style as f. 1, the border decoration covers the top and inside margins, partially cropped on the top; the beginning letters of the text on f. 1 and f. 171 are in gold display script and the initials of each poem of the Rerum vulg. fragm. and of the capitoli of the Triumphi are in gold two lines high, the capitoli initials are also on square grounds of blue and burgundy with gold highlighting and decorated by gold flowers; the initials are occasionally incorrect; 2ߚline gold initials for each letter of the alphabet in the index, ff. 217-225; some corrections of the text in another contemporary hand, in red and black ink. Binding, natural color calf over paper boards, on the spine are two green leather labels with "Petrarca Canzoniere" and "Ms. Sec. XV". ff. 1-170, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , title "Francisci Petrarce poete liber incipit", inc. "Voi che ascoltate in rime sparse il sono ...", (nos. 1, 3, 2, 4-27, 28, vv. 1-56, 29-79, 81, 82, 80, 83-119, 122, 120, "Donna mi vene spesso nella mente", 123-336, 350, 355, 337-349, 356-365, 351, 352, 354, 353, 366), expl. "... Ch’accolga il mio spirto ultimo in pace". ff. 171-216v, Petrarch, Triumphi , inc. (Tr. cup. I) "Nel tenpo che rinuova e mie sospiri ... V’è Giove incatenato inanzi al carro"; f. 174v, (Tr. cup. III) "Era sì pieno el cor di maraviglie ... Et quale il mele temperato con l’assentio"; f. 178v, (Tr. cup. IV) "Poscia che mia fortuna in forza altrui ... Che ’l pie va inanzi et l’ochio torna indietro"; f. 182, (Tr. cup. II) "Stanco già di mirar non satio ancora ... Et d’un pomo beffata alfin Cidippe"; f. 186, (Tr. pud.) "Quando a un giogo et in un tempo quivi ... Fra quali io vidi Ipolito et Ioseppe"; f. 190, (Tr. mort. fragment) "Quanti già nell’età matura et acra ... Quella per cui ben far prima mi piacque"; f. 190v, (Tr. mort. I) "Questa leggiadra e gloriosa donna ... Morte bella parea nel suo bel viso"; f. 194, (Tr. mort. II) "La nocte che seguì l’orribil caso ... Tu starai in terra senza me gran tempo"; f. 198, (fragment of Tr. fam. I) "Nel cor pien d’amarissima dolceza ... Poi alla fine vidi Artù et Carlo"; f. 201v, (Tr. fam. I) "Da poi che morte triumphò nel volto ... Sì come adviene a chi virtù relinque"; f. 204, (Tr. fam. II) "Pien d’infinita et nobil maraviglia ... Magnanimo gentil constante e largo"; f. 207v, (Tr. fam. III) "Io non sapea di tal vista lenarme (sic) ... Che tira al vero la vaga opinione / Qui lascio et più di lor non dico avante"; f. 210v, (Tr. temp.) "[D]ell’ aureo albergo con l’aurora inanzi ... Così il tempo triumpha i nomi e ’l mondo"; f. 213v, (Tr. etern.) "Da poi che sotto il ciel cosa non vidi ...", expl. "... Hor che fia dunque ad rivederla in cielo. Finis". ff. 217-225, Index of first verses from the Rerum vulg. fragm., written by the scribe, followed on ff. 225v-226v by an alphabetical list of canzoni, added by another person, s. XV.
2nd. f.: Non ebbe
ORIGIN
Written in Florence , ca. 1450-60.
PROVENANCE
Unidentified arms on f. 1, gules, a fretty argent; W. Fiske bookplate on front pastedown and his no. A. 190009 on first flyleaf verso; from the W. Fiske bequest, Cat., 70.1
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 32; De Ricci, p. 1249, Pet. Z 13; Wilkins, no. 18; Jasenas, p. 27, no. 8. Calkins, "Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts", 77, pl. of f. 1 on p. 76.

Notes
1. According to Ullman and De Ricci, the manuscript was owned by Eustachio Confidati, however no evidence in the manuscript supports this assertion; the arms are different.

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.
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).
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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