Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


ITHACA, NEW YORK CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, RARE BOOKS

Mss Bd. Petrarch P P49 Z5 v. 1 no. 6

A folder containing miscellaneous material on Petrarch. 1. Paper, s. XVex., one folio, 306 × 210 (222 × 157) mm., written by one person, in a cursive humanistic script. Girolamo Squarciafico, Vita Francisci Petrarcae , extracts about Petrarch’s ancestry, birth, coronation and old age, inc. "Clarissimus vir dominus Franciscus Petrarcha historicus et poeta insignis ...", expl. "... et inter tantam ignorantie caliginem in clarum lumen et virtutis scientiae evaserit" (Solerti, Le vite, 347-55, especially 347-48, 352, 354-55). The verso of the folio is blank. 2. A letter from S. Arrivabene (Mantova, 14 Oct. 1881) to W. Fiske which accompanies and explains a packet of material sent to W. Fiske by Arrivabene that is now in the folder: A list of Petrarch books in the library of the Capilupi family of Mantova, including the 1501 Aldine edition of Petrarch’s Le cose volgari which was the copy owned and annotated by Camillo Capilupi (1504-1548), now in Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, Ald. 498 ; see C. Dionisotti, "Ancora del Fortunio", Giornale storico della letteratura italiana, CXI (1938), 249. Silvio Arrivabene has added the note about a Petrarch manuscript: "Nella rarissima, copiosa, raccolta di codici posseduti dalla antica famiglia de’ marchesi Capilupi di Mantova si contiene un codice petrarchesco che reca la data del 1408; cioè 34 anni, all’incirca, dopo la morte del sommo poeta"; he also gives biographical details about the Capilupi family. A note by Professor Putelli, director of the Biblioteca Comunale of Mantova, about the Petrarch manuscripts and books in the same library. A copy of the letter (Venice, 26 July 1501) by Lorenzo da Pavia to Isabella d’Este, containing a reference to the Aldine 1501 edition of Petrarch’s Le cose volgari (A. Baschet, Aldo Manuzio, Lettres et documents, 1495-1515 [Venezia, 1864], 9-11, no. 5). A note by Ferdinando Negri about the Petrarch editions which he gave to the city of Mantova. 3. A 19thߚcentury copy of a letter by Iacopo Guidi (5 Oct. 1560): Firenze, Archivio di Stato, Dogana di Firenze, filza di memoriali dal 1561 al 1563, no. 210, doc. no. 109 ; the letter contains a reference to Petrarch. 4. A transcription from A. F. Didot’s Alde Manuce (1875), 163 and 170. 5. Paper, s. XVII, one folio, 204 × 138 mm., fine printing hand. François I, Epitaph poem for Laura’s tomb in Avignon , title "Questo è quell’ epitafio ch’il Gran Re Francesco fece di Madonna Laura", inc. "En petit lieu comprins vous pouvez voir ...", expl. "... Quand le subjet surmont le disant" (Solerti, Le vite, 488 and 526). There follows a poem, title "Versi in laude del Petrarca et di Madona Laura", inc. "Da loro honesto ardente et vivo amore ...", expl. "... Dell’altra il bel fia sempre in sommo honore" (4 verses). The verso is blank. ORIGIN
Italy , s. XV-XIX.
PROVENANCE
From the W. Fiske bequest, Cat., p. 484.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 40; De Ricci, p. 1251, Pet. Z 91.

Abbreviations
De Ricci
De Ricci, S. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols. New York, 1935-40.
Solerti, Le vite
Solerti, A. Le vite di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio scritte fino al secolo decimosesto ... Milano, 1904.
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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