Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


ITHACA, NEW YORK CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, RARE BOOKS

Mss Bd. Petrarch P P49 R512+

Parch., ff. II (modern parch.) + 187 + II (modern parch.), not foliated, 264 × 169 (166 × 97) mm., 29 verses per page, 18 (+ 1st) 2-48 56 (+ one paper folio at the end) 6-228 234 246 (+ 1st), horizontal catchwords for quires 1-4 and 21-22, a letter of the alphabet (A-I and K-P) for quires 6-20, no catchword for quire 5, f. 124 has one cropped signature, ruled in drypoint, double bounding lines, written by Nicolaus Spinosus, humanistic script. A richly decorated manuscript by Francesco d’Antonio del Chierico; f. 1v, the title is in alternating gold and blue letters within a light-green wreath outlined in gold (106 mm. circumference), supported by four winged putti on sides and top, white and green flowers with gold rayed disks around the wreath; f. 2, a finely executed gold illuminated initial by Francesco d’Antonio del Chierico (46 × 38 mm.) on a blue ground, inside is Petrarch dressed in a robe while seated next to a winged figure with a gray beard who is walking nearby with the aid of crutches, a background of minutely detailed countryside and a hillside town, this opening page of the Triumphi also has a 3/4 border decoration of two gold bars with intertwining white vinestem on a blue ground with tiny white dots and four medallions, each with a profile bust of a woman, within the border are putti, various multi-colored birds, a stag and doe and a butterfly, ending in foliage and gold rayed disks, in the lower margin is the coat of arms within an oval wreath supported by four putti; f. 41, an equally well-executed gold and green illuminated initial (57 × 50 mm.) with a portrait of Petrarch dressed in light burgundy hood and robe, crowned in laurel and holding the Rerum vulg. fragm. opened to sonnet no. 1, below is a winged putto who has shot a stag with an arrow, on a blue ground with white vinestem, light burgundy and green infilling, a 3/4 border similar to f. 2, save for a starshaped medallion on the top margin with three acorns, also on the border is a medallion with the bust of a woman, and on the lower portion are the same arms as on f. 2; on ff. 14, 17v, 26v, 34 and 36v appear 5ߚline gold initials on a blue ground with tiny white dots, white vinestem extending into the margin, green and burgundy infilling, and occasionally gold rayed disks; the remaining capitoli of the Triumphi begin with 3ߚline gold initials on blue grounds with tiny white dots and white and yellow highlighting, green and burgundy infilling, and the poems of the Rerum vulg. fragm. begin with alternating gold and blue initials; the poems are numbered in red Roman numerals; the rubrics are in gold and blue; sporadic corrections appear throughout the text, especially f. 96, the addition of vv. 12-19 for no. 128, and on f. 168v nos. 341 and 343 are written together as one poem. Modern binding by F. Bedford, olive morocco, gilt gauffered edges, sides covered with gold tooling. f. 1v, title "Trionfo primo del clarissimo poeta laureato meser Franciescho Petrarcha fiorentino in el quale trionfo tratta d’amore, incomincia felicemente". ff. 2-39, Petrarch, Triumphi , title "Trionfi del clarissimo poeta mesere Francescho Petrarcha fiorentino incominciano, e prima il trionfo de l’amore felice", inc. (Tr. cup. I) "Nel tempo che rinuova i mie sospiri ... Viene cathenato Giove innanzi al carro, Explicit prima pars Triumphi amoris, incipit eiusdem secunda"; f. 4v, (Tr. cup. III) "Era sì pieno il cor di maraviglie ... Et quale è il mele temprato collo assentio"; f. 8, (Tr. cup. IV) "Incipit tertia eiusdem, Poscia che mia fortuna in forza altrui ... Che’l pie’ va innanzi et l’occhio torna adietro"; f. 11, (Tr. cup. II) "Incipit quarta eiusdem, Stanco già di mirar non satio ancora ... Et d’un pomo beffata alfin Cylippe"; f. 14, (Tr. pud.) "Incipit triumphus castitatis, Quando ad un giogo et in un tempo quivi ... Fra quali io vidi Ipolito et Ioseppe"; f. 17v, (Tr. mort. I) "Incipit Triumphus mortis, Questa leggiadra et gratiosa donna ... Morte bella parea nel suo bel volto (sic)"; f. 20v, (Tr. mort. II) "Incipit secunda eiusdem, La nocte che seguì l’horribil caso ... Tu starai in terra senza me gran tempo"; f. 24, (fragment of Tr. fam. I) "Incipit tertia eiusdem, Nel cor pien d’amarissima dolceza ... Poi alla fine vidi Arturo et Carlo"; f. 26v, (Tr. fam. I) "Incipit Triumphus de fama, Da poi che morte triumphò nel volto ... Sì come aviene a chi virtù relinque"; f. 29, (Tr. fam. II) "Incipit secunda eiusdem, Pien d’infinita et nobil maraviglia ... Magnianimo gentil constante et largo; f. 3IV, (Tr. fam. III) "Incipit tertia eiusdem, Io non sapea da tal vista levarme ... Che tira al vero la vagha opinione / Qui lascio et più di lor non dico avante"; f. 34, (Tr. temp.) "Incipit Triumphus temporis, Nel taureo albergho colla aurora innanzi ... Così il tempo triumpha e nomi e ’l mondo"; f. 36v, (Tr. etern.) "Incipit Triumphus divinitatis, Da poi che sotto il cielo cosa non vidi ...", expl. "... Hor che fia dunque a rivederla in cielo. Finis".
ff. 39v-40v, blank.
ff. 41-179v, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , title "Incominciano i sonetti e le canzone di mesere Francescho Petrarcha poeta fiorentino feliciter incipit", inc. "Voi ch’ ascoltate in rime sparse el sono ...", (nos. 1, 3, 2, 4-79, 81, 82, 80, 83-119, 122, 120, "Donna mi vene spesso nella mente", 123-208, 211-234, 209, 210, 235-242, 121, 243-263, 266-339, 342, 340, 351-354, 350, 355, 359, 341, 343, 356, 344-349, 357, 358, 360-365, 264, 366), expl. "... Ch’accolga ’l mio spirto ultimo in pace. Finis".
f. 180rv, blank.
ff. 181-187, Index of first verses from Rerum vulg. fragm., written by the scribe of the text.
f. 187v, blank.
2nd. f.: [f. 3] scoverser
ORIGIN
Written in Florence, Italy, ca. 1460-5, by Nicolaus Riccius Spinosus who also copied Walters Art Gallery, W. 409 (no. 4 in the present Census); illuminated by Francesco d’Antonio del Chierico.
PROVENANCE
Unidentified arms on ff. 1 and 41, impaled, or chevrons gules, azur lion rampant holding upraised sword argent and small fleur-de-lis or above sword, perhaps arms of Giorgio or Giovanni Scanderberg; erased signature of Abate F. Ughelli (1595-1670), according to G. Libri, partially legible "...LX ...e ...R.mi ... D ...Ferdinandi Ughelli ... Triumphanti"; G. Libri sale, London, 28 March 1859, no. 785, to Sir William Tite; sold by Tite, London, 1874, no. 2298, to Quaritch (Cat., 1875-1877, no. 33; 1880, no. 91; 332, Nov. 1880, no. 74); on the front pastedown is written "#110 Calkins"; W. Fiske no. A. 190002 on front flyleaf II verso; from W. Fiske bequest, Cat., p. 69.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 31; De Ricci, p. 1249, Pet + Z 12; Wilkins, no. 17. Calkins, "Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts...", 74, pl. of ff. 1v-2 on p. 75.

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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