Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


ITHACA, NEW YORK CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, RARE BOOKS

Mss Bd. Petrarch P P49 S4+

Paper (ff. 1-82, Tête de boeuf, similar to Briquet 14179; ff. 83-142, Ancre, similar to Briquet 350), ff. I (modern paper) + 142 + I (modern paper), foliated in pencil, Arabic numerals, 284 × 215 mm. (written space varies: ff. 1-92v, 186 × 120-140 mm.; ff. 93-142v, 200 × 140 mm.), ff. 1-43v have 30 long lines, ff. 44-48v, 41 long lines, ff. 49-92v, 29-30 long lines, ff. 93-142v, 35-37 long lines, 1-612 710 810 9-1212 132, horizontal catchwords at times circled in red and often cropped, signatures of letters from the alphabet with Arabic numerals, ff. 1-92v are frame ruled in lead, ff. 93-142v are ruled in lead, written by three persons in hybrid gothic scripts: 1) ff. 1-43v and 49-92v; 2) ff. 44-48v; 3) ff. 93-141v. Decoration: f. 1, a 9ߚline blue and red parted initial with red pen decorations, infilling of acanthus and cross-hatching, beading and simple flourishes in light purple; ff. 23, 56, 81v have 5 to 6ߚline blue initials with similar decoration to f. 1; f. 2, a 5ߚline red initial with light purple decoration; ff. 10v, 49, 60v and 77v, 5 to 6ߚline red initials similar to f. 2, except for varying degrees of decoration; f. 50 and f. 93, 4ߚline red initials with no decoration; there are 1 to 3ߚline initials throughout the ms. and also red slashing of letters; the indications left to the rubricator have occasionally survived the cropping; there are frequent corrections to the text, occasional marginal notes and pointing hands. Binding, 18thߚcent. Belgian, brown calf over paper boards; the Parc Abbey arms on the front and back center were effaced in 1829 at the sale of the volume; rebacked with "Francis Petrarc" on the spine. ff. 1-43v, Petrarch, Secretum , title "Francisci Petrarche Florentini poete laureati in dyalogum, de conflictu propriarum curarum, incipit prohemium"; ff. 1-2, Preface, "Atonito michi quidem, et sepissime cogitanti ... Ac ve longius hiis ille me primum verbis aggressus est"; ff. 2-10v, Bk. I, title "Cogitandum de miseria propria precipueque de morte, Augustinus ad Franciscum, Augustinus", inc. "Quid agis homuncio? ..."; ff. 10v-23, Bk. II; ff. 23-43v, Bk. III; expl. "... subsideantque fluctus animi, sileat mundus, et fortuna non obstrepat. Explicit Secretum vel dyalogus Francisci laureati poete de Florentia cognominati Petrarche contentum tribus partibus qui eciam alias intitulatur tractatus de conflictu propriarum curarum", followed by "ac de contemptu mundi" in another hand. (ed. Carrara, in Petrarca, Prose , 22-214). ff. 44-46, Petrarch, Rer. famil. , XXIII, 12, title "Ad Guidonem archiepyscopum Ianuensem notabilis opinio de paciencia Francisci Petrarche poete laureati", inc. "Nemo miser esse vult ...", expl. "... illum amo nimis te hodie detineo da veniam tecum sum. Vale. Mediolani. Kal. decembris" (ed. Rossi, Le Familiari, XIII, 183-94). ff. 46-47, Petrarch, Rer. famil. , XXIII, 5, title "Domino Boniconto de Sancto Minate suadendo ne mortem metuat, Francisci Petrarcha", inc. "Audio te in senium valde descendere ...", expl. "... et fiducie signa sunt" (ed. Rossi, Le Familiari, XIII, 169-73). ff. 49-92v, Petrarch, De otio religioso , title "De ocio religiosorum Francisci Petrarche liber incipit"; f. 49rv, Preface, "Dignum erat o felix Christi ... vel meliore mei parte sim praesens"; ff. 50-77, Bk. I, inc. "Unde vero nunc ordiar seu quid primum semiabsens dicam ..."; ff. 77v-92v, Bk. II; expl. "... O felices si vos ipsos et bona vestra cognoscitis. Explicit liber de ocio religiosorum Francisci Petrarche poete laureati" (Il "De otio religioso" di Francesco Petrarca, ed. G. Rotondi [Città del Vaticano, 1958]). ff. 93-141, Petrarch, De vita solitaria , title "Francisci Petrarce de vita solitaria ad Philippum Cavallicensem episcopum", ff. 93-112, Bk. I, inc. "Paucos homines novi ..."; ff. 112-141, Bk. II; expl. "... bene suades recte consulis verum dicis. Francischi Petrarche laureati vite solitarie liber secundus explicit. Deo gratias" (ed. Martellotti, in Petrarca, Prose , 286-591). Ms. also contains: ff. 47-48, title "Ammonitio Alfonsii inlustrissimi Regis Aragonum Cicilie etcetera, de morte non timenda ad Gabrielem Surrentinum etcetera", inc. "Alphonso regi mos fuit familiaris quos ipse alumpnos suos appellabat ...", expl. "... Rex illi inferias magnifice persolvit et sepulcro huiusmodi disthicon exsculpi mandavit. Qui fuit Alfonsi quondam pars maxima regis Gabriel hac modica nunc tumulatur humo". f. 48v, Ps. Phalaris, Letter , title "Phalaris tyrannus Agrigentium rogatus ab amico suo Nicocle ut instaret apud quemdam Stesichorum poetam eximium pro carmine lugubro seu ephithafio uxoris sue Clearisce conponendo rescripsit eidem Nicocli consolando eumdem ut scriptum (?)", inc. "Misimus ad Stesichorum quemadmodum super eligia rogasti ...", expl. "... Qui eam non inquiori animo ferunt hii tranquilliori vita fruuntur" (Phalaridis Epistolae, ed. I. Daniel [Groningae, 1777], 99-107). f. 141v, Collatio Alexandri Magni cum Dindimo rege Bragmanorum de philosophia per litteras facta , inc. "Alexander cum ultimum litus occeani perlustraret ... Hiis verbis motus Alexander eos in pace dimisit. Dindimi regis Bragmanorum epistola ad Alexandrum. Gens Bragmanorum pura et semplici vita vivit nullis rerum capitur illecebris ...", expl. "... et quibus a Deo patre communium bonorum sciondetur (sic) hereditas" (ed. B. Kuebler, Julius Valerius [Leipzig, 1888], 171-73; followed by "ad concubitum non nos admonet libido", p. 174, line 14).
f. 142rv, ruled but blank.
2nd. f.: amor
ORIGIN
Written in the Netherlands (in Northern France according to De Ricci and Ullman), s. XVmed..
PROVENANCE
Owned by the Premonstratensian Abbey of Parc, near Louvain; the 18thߚcent. ownership note "Parchensis Bibliothecae" and pressmark " K. IV " appear on the front pastedown; the manuscript is possibly to be identified with the entry "Franciscus Petrarcha. De utraque fortuna. In charta" in A. Sanderus, Bibliotheca Belgica Manuscripta (Lille, 1641-43 or 44; reprint in Archives et Bibliothèques de Belgique [Brussels, 1972], num. spéc. 7), part II, p. 169, but see E. van Balberghe, "Le catalogue des manuscrits de Parc dans la Bibliotheca Belgica Manuscripta d’Antoine Sanderus", Quaerendo, 3 (1973), 322-28, on the reliability of the Sanderus catalogue. The Parc Abbey library was sold anonymously at auction in Louvain, on 22 October 1829, by Henry Baumans who prepared the sale catalogue; see E. van Balberghe, "Les critères de provenance des manuscrits de Parc", Archives et bibliothèques de Belgique, num. spéc. II (Brussels, 1974), 525-42. In pencil on the front flyleaf verso are "130 Petrarch 24 IV (?) 47" and "H. 4608". Bought from E. P. Goldschmidt in 1948 (Cat. 23, ca. 1931, no. 274).
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 41; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 319, no. 7; Jasenas, p. 35, no. 23, pl. 17 (of f. 1); Calkins, "Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts", 27, pl. of f. 1 on p. 26.

Abbreviations
Briquet
Briquet, C.M. Les Filigranes, facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson. 4 vols. Amsterdam, 1968.
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, 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.
Jasenas
Jasenas, M. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts. New York and Washington, D. C., 1974.
Rerum familiarium libri:
Le Familiari (Familiarium libri I-XXIV) di Francesco Petrarca, edizione critica per cura di V. Rossi. Firenze, 1933-42 (anastatic reproduction, Firenze, 1968), 4 vols. (vol. IV by U. Bosco).
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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