Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


ITHACA, NEW YORK CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, RARE BOOKS

Mss Bd. Petrarch P P49 T8

Parch., ff. II (modern paper) + I (modern parch.) + 32 + I (modern parch.) + I (modern paper), modern foliation, 212 × 130 (144 × 75) mm., 29 verses per page, 1-310 42, vertical catchwords trailing down the text, one signature, p, on ff. 2-5, ruled in brown ink, written by one person, irregular humanistic script. Decoration: f. 1, 5ߚline gold initial on a rectangular ground outlined in black, white vinestem with infilling of blue, burgundy and green with clusters of three tiny white dots, the vinestem extends into the inner margin with same infilling and also gold paint, colors are somewhat washed out; f. 13v, a 4ߚline gold initial similar to f. 1, except for the vinestem which extends down only half of the outer margin, ending in three gold rayed disks; f. 17, a 4ߚline gold initial similar to f. 13v; the capitoli of the Triumphi begin with alternating red or blue 2ߚline initials, the first words of the capitoli on ff. 1, 13v and 17 are in alternating red and black letters. Modern binding, dark calf over paper boards, "Petrarcae Triumphi Ms." on spine, pastedowns of marbled paper. ff. 1-32v, Petrarch, Triumphi , title "D. Francisci Petrarcae poetae laureati triumphi sex incipiunt et primo primus qui de amore inscribitur", inc. (Tr. cup. I) "Nel tempo che rinova i mei sospiri ... Vien catenato Iove inanti al carro"; f. 3v, (Tr. cup. III) "Capitulum secundum, Era sì pieno il cor di maraviglie ... Et qual el mel temprato cum l’asentio"; f. 7, (Tr. cup. IV) "Capitulum tertium, Poscia che mia fortuna in forz’altrui ... Che ’l pie’ va ’nanzi e l’occhio torna adietro"; f. 10, (Tr. cup. II) "Capitulum quartum, Stanco già di mirar non satio anchora ... Et d’un pomo beffata alfin Cidippe"; f. 13v, (Tr. pud.) "Capitulum quintum, Triumphus secundus qualiter domina Laura triumphavit de cupidine, Quando ad un giogo et ad un tempo quivi ... Fra gli altri vidi Hippolyto et Ioseppe"; f. 17, (Tr. mort. I) "Capitulum sextum, Triumphus tertius qualiter mors triumphavit de domina Laura, Quella legiadra et gloriosa donna ... Morte bella parea nel suo bel viso"; f. 20, (fragment of Tr. mort.) "Capitulum septimum, Quanti già nella età matura et agra ... Quella per cui ben far prima mi piacque"; f. 20, (Tr. mort. II) "Capitulum octavum, La nocte che seguì l’orribil caso ... Tu starai in terra senza me gran tempo"; f. 23v, (fragment of Tr. fam. I, vv. 1-132) "Capitulum nonum, Nel cor pien d’amarissima dolceza ... Et d’un nido medesimo uscir Gisippo"; f. 26, (text continues with Tr. fam. I, vv. 22-130) "Da man dextra dove prima gli occhi porsi ... Com advien a cui virtù inimichi (sic)"; f. 27v, (Tr. fam. II) "Capitulum undecimum, Pien d’infinita et nobil meraviglia ... Magnanimo gentile constante et largo"; f. 30v, (Tr. fam. III, vv. 1-64) "Capitulum duodecimum, Io non sapeva di tal vista levarme ...", expl. "... Qui l’humana speranza et qui la gioia".
2nd. f.: mi scoperson
ORIGIN
Written in Central Italy, s. XV2.
PROVENANCE
W. Fiske bookplate on the front pastedown and his no. A. 190007 on the third front flyleaf verso; from the W. Fiske bequest, Cat., p. 70.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 35; De Ricci, p. 1250, Pet. Z 16; Wilkins, no. 21. Calkins, "Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts", 85, pl. of f. 1 on p. 84.

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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