Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


WASHINGTON, D.C. FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

W. b. 132 Vol. 199

Paper (Fleur-de-lis), ff. I (contemporary paper) + II (contemp. paper) + 208 + I (contemp. paper), contemporary foliation in ink, 342 × 234 (290 × ca. 190) mm., up to 29 long lines, 1-118 12-136 14-208 216 22-238 246 25-278, catchwords on every folio verso, no signatures or ruling, written by one person in a formal chancery cursive script. No decoration. Binding, 18thߚcent. natural color parchment over paper boards, leather label on the spine with stamped gold letters "Indice de’ manoscritti della Libreria Strozziana". On the second front flyleaf recto is the title, "Indice de’ manoscritti che sono nella libreria dell’illustrissimo ed eccellentissimo signore d. Lorenzo Strozzi, Duca di Bagnolo e Principe di Forano, compilato per ordine di alfabeto l’anno 1728". f. 148, The Petrarch manuscripts in the Strozzi library are listed, "Petrarca, Francesco: Canzoni DD. 8 pag. 181; Vita, studi e costumi di Dante e del Petrarca poeti clarissimi composta da messer Lionardo cancelliere fiorentino vv. 35; Epistola mandata da messer Francesco Petrarca a messer Niccolò Acciaiuoli gran siniscalco del Regno per la coronazione di Luigi Pag. (?); l’istessa vedi numero 38 Pag. (?); Comento imperfetto in pergamena sopra i Trionfi del Petrarca [.] che comincia dalla — Quindici di [.] in 4o numero 39; I Trionfi col comento del Filelfo in 4o numero 99; Trionfi del Petrarca in 4o numero 100;1 Libro detto Pietosa fonte sopra la morte di messer Francesco Petrarca capitoli in 4o numero 101" (see also: f. 25v, "Canzoni morali di Dante Alighieri, e sonetti e canzoni di Francesco Petrarca in pergameno in foglio DD7"; f. 161, "Rime del Petrarca in pergamena in 8o numero 90"; f. 167, "Rucellai, Grazio. Alcuni sonetti in stile petrarchesco e nella dottrina di Platone. M156. Pag."). Ms. also contains: Index entries of codices and papers from the Strozzi library. The literary works listed include (of. mss. not in the Folger Library): Latin texts, a Latin translation of Xenophon, Cicero, Lucan, Italian trans. of Lucretius, Ovid, Sallust, Seneca and Virgil; Italian texts, satires of Lodovico Adimari, D. Fulvio Test. Ricciardi or Salvator Rosa, poetry and letters by Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio, poetry by Guido Cavalcanti, Cino da Pistoia, Fazio degli Uberti, Luigi Pulci, Simone da Siena and others, commedie, tragede and a canon of drammi for music by Giulio Rospigliosi (later Pope Clement IX), madrigals, prose works by Boccaccio, Franco Sacchetti and Sperone Speroni; Tito Vespasiano Strozzi’s Eroticon and numerous volumes of poems by Giovanni Battista Strozzi. The Indice also list texts for which the Folger also has transcriptions: Alessandro Tassoni, Annali ecclesiastici ; Lelio Maretti, Ricordi ; and letters and poems by Lorenzo Magalotti (vols. 138, 195, and 198). ORIGIN
Written in Florence, Italy, in 1728 (see date on second front flyleaf recto); on the third front flyleaf recto is an ink design of the Strozzi arms, three crescents, surmounted by a crown.
PROVENANCE
Acquired by Luigi Gonnelli of Florence directly from Prince Strozzi; bought by the Folger Library from L. Gonnelli in 1960 together with thirteen volumes of transcriptions of the Strozzi papers (in the summer of 1958 the Folger Library purchased from Gonnelli 185 volumes of the Strozzi collection of which almost all are late 17th and early 18thߚcent. copies).
BIBLIOGRAPHY
John L. Lievsay, his typescript in the Folger Library, A Calendar of the Strozzi Transcripts in the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C., 1977).

Notes
1. This entry could possibly refer to Pierpont Morgan Library M. 920 , (no. 106 in the present Census), a manuscript of the Trionfi which belonged to the Strozzi family.

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