Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


ITHACA, NEW YORK CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, RARE BOOKS

Mss Bd. Petrarch P P49 R514

Paper (Griffon similar to Briquet 7464; also a goose not in Briquet), ff. I-IX (f. I is 16th cent. paper; f. II is 16th cent. parch.; ff. III-IX are contemp. paper) + 172 + I (contemp. paper) + I (16th cent. paper), contemporary foliation in Arabic numerals, 211 × 145 (140-145 × 80) mm., 27-31 verses per page, 1-1012 1116 12-1412, horizontal catchwords on inside margin, ruled by three perpendicular folds at 38-40 mm. apart, written by one person, a cursive humanistic script. Indications have been left in margin for rubricator, but the ms. has no decoration or rubrics. Contemporary binding, half calf over boards, rolled in parallel and crossing lines, two clasps with one strap missing, in poor state of repair, and ‘Petrarca ms’ on spine. ff. III-IX verso, index of first verses from Rerum vulg. fragm. ff. 1-136v, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , inc. "[V]oi che ascoltate in rime sparse il suono ..." (nos. 1-21, 24-27, 31-36, 38-49, 51, 56-58, 60-62, 64, 65, 76, 77, 74, 75, 79, 82, 85, 86, 78, 81, 83, 84, 87-90, 63, 67-69, 109-112, 91-94, 99-102, 95-98, 103, 104, 107, 108, 113-118, 120, 122, 123, 131, 130, 124, 132, 133, 134, 136-141, 143-148, 150-163, 166, 164, 165, 167-199, 201, 200, 202-205, 208-213, 219, 215, 221, 216, 222, 217, 220, 218, 223-236, 238, 240-249, 251-260, 265-267, 269-322, 323, vv. 1-72, 324-339, 342, 340, 351-354, 350, 355, 359, 341, 344, 347-349, 343, 356, 345, 346, 357, 358, 360-366, 22, 23, 52, 28, 29, 30, 37, 106, 50, 53, 54, 55, "Donna mi viene spesso ne la mente", 59, 66, 70-73, 80, 105, 119, 125-129, 135, vv. 1-96, 142, 206, vv. 1-6, 207, 206, 214, 239, 237, 264, 268), expl. "... vedova sconsolata in vesta negra". ff. 137-172v, Petrarch, Triumphi , (Tr. cup. I) "[N]el tempo che rinova i mie sospiri ... Vien catenato Iove inanci al carro"; f. 139v, (Tr. cup. III) "[E]ra sì pieno el cor de meraveglie ... Et quale el melle temprato co l’ascentio"; f. 143, (Tr. cup. IV) "[P]ossa che mia fortuna in forza altrui ... Che ’l pie’ va inanci l’ochio torna dietro"; f. 146, (Tr. cup. II) "[S]tanco già di mirar non satio ancora ... E d’un pomo beffata al fin Cylippe"; f. 149, (Tr. pud.) "[Q]uando ad un giogo et in un tempo quivi ... Fra gli altri i vidi Ipolito e Ioseppe"; f. 152, (fragment of Tr. mort.) "[Q]uanti già nel età matura et acra ... Quella per cui ben far prima mi piaque"; f. 152v, (Tr. mort. I) "[Q]uesta ligiadra e gloriosa donna ... Morte bella parea nel suo bel viso"; f. 155v, (Tr. mort. II) "[L]a note che seguì l’orribel caso ... Tu starai in terra senza me gran tempo"; f. 158v, (fragment of Tr. fam. I) "[N]el cor pien d’amarissima dolceza ... Poi a la fine vidi Arturo e Carlo"; f. 161, (Tr. fam. I) "[D]a poi che morte triumphò nel volto ... Come adviene a chi virtù relinque"; f. 163v, (Tr. fam. II) "[P]ien d’infinita e nobil meraveglia ... Magnanimo gentil constante e largo"; f. 166, (Tr. fam. III) "[I’] non sapea di tal vista levarme ... Che tira al vero la vaga opinione / Qui lasso et più di lor non dico avante"; f. 168, (Tr. temp.) "[D]e l’aureo albergo co l’aurora innanci ... Chi (sic) el tempo triumpha e nomi il mondo"; f. 170, (Tr. et.) "[D]a poi che soto el ciel cossa non vidi ...", expl. "... Or che fie donque a rivederla in cielo. Finis, Deo laudes". f. 172v, Statement on the death of Petrarch attributed to Lombardo della Seta, inc. "‘Anno’ milesimo trecentesimo setuagiesimo quarto, die martis, decimo otavo Iulii hora quinta notis Arquade inter montes Euganeos duos dies et setuagiesimum annum atinges obiit ...", expl. "... ilam suam beatisimam animam in os meum ultimo aflavit anelitu michi memorabile et eternum flebile munus" (G. B. Baldelli, Del Petrarca e delle sue opere [Firenze, 1797], 157; G. Fracassetti, Francisci Petrarcae Epistolae, III, 347-48). first back flyleaf recto, Petrarch, Nota de Laura , title "Scriptum manu propria E. F. Petrarche in quodam eius Virgilio visum est", inc. "Laura propriis virtutibus ...", expl. "... ac viriliter cogitanti. Finis" (Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme, II, 286-87). There are corrections and additions to the Rerum vulg. fragm. and to the Triumphi, written in a 16thߚcent. script: f. 33, a correction of no. 159, vv. 11-14, is written in the margin; f. 37, a correction of no. 175, vv. 11-14 and no. 176, vv. 1-4, which had been interchanged by the scribe; f. 54, no. 250 is added in the bottom margin after no. 249; f. 56, no. 263 is added in the bottom margin after no. 258; f. 56v, no. 261 is added in the bottom margin after no. 260; f. 57, no. 262 is added in the bottom margin after no. 266. The same person has written the notes on f. 172v and on the first back flyleaf recto as well as the following verses on the second front flyleaf verso: "Ovidius. Tenpus edax rerum, tuque, invidiosa vetustas / ... Paulatim lenta consumitis omnia morte" (Ovid, Met., XV, 234-36, in Metamorphoses, ed. F. J. Miller, II [Cambridge, Mass., 1968], 380). "Perseo. Vive memor leti, fugit ora" (Persius, Satura, v, 153, in A. Persi Flacci et D. Iuni Iuvenalis Saturae, ed. W. V. Clausen [Oxford, 1959], 23). "Senecha. Vivite laeti dum facta sinunt / Properat cursu vita citato" (Seneca, Hercules furens, 178-79, in L. A. Senecae Tragoediae, ed. R. Peiper, G. Richter [Leipzig, 1902], 9). "Ovidius. Utendum est etate, cito pede labitur etas / Ludite, eunt ani more fluentis aque" (Ovid, Ars amatoria, 3, 65 and 62, in P. Ovidii Nasonis De arte amatoria libri tres, ed. P. Brandt [Hildesheim, 1963], 138 and 137).
2nd f.: quando i’ movo
ORIGIN
Written in Northern Italy, s. XV2.
PROVENANCE
On the first front flyleaf recto, in pen, "8-S", "Carte 180" and "Cod. CCL"; from the Benno Loewy bequest, 1916; W. Fiske no. A. 194722 appears on the second front flyleaf verso; W. Fiske, Cat., p. 70.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 29; De Ricci, p. 1248, Pet. + z 10; Wilkins, no. 15.

Abbreviations
Briquet
Briquet, C.M. Les Filigranes, facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson. 4 vols. Amsterdam, 1968.
De Ricci
De Ricci, S. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols. New York, 1935-40.
Varie:
Francisci Petrarcae Epistolae de rebus familiaribus et Variae, a cura di G. Fracassetti. 3 vols. Firenze, 1859-63.
Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme
De Nolhac, P. Pétrarque et l’humanisme. 2 vols. Paris, 1907 (reprinted in 1965).
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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