Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS HARVARD COLLEGE, HOUGHTON LIBRARY

Ms. Lat. 124

Parch., ff. I (parch.) + II-III (modern paper) + 116 + II (modern paper), modern foliation in pencil, 200 × 130 (130 × 65-75) mm., 22-23 long lines, 12 (+ 1st, 2nd and 3rd) 214 3-1110 1210 (- 9th and 10th), ruled in ink, double bounding lines, written by two persons: 1) ff. 5-18; 2) ff. 19-116v, both in a humanistic script, the latter being a rapid calligraphic hand. Decoration: f. 5, 4ߚline blue initial with purple pen decoration, beading and pen flourishes extending along the entire inner margin; 2 to 3ߚline alternating plain red and blue initials throughout; proper names in the margins in black ink written by the scribe; two paper slips are glued to f. 3 with a 19thߚcent. index of the volume. Contemporary binding, dark brown calf over wooden boards, blind stamped in rows of ropework forming frames, five brass bosses on front and back, remains of four clasps. The ms. is a palimpsest, especially evident on ff. 51-88, with an underwriting of an unidentified Latin text in a humanistic script of early 15th century. ff. 86v-108v, Ps. Petrarch (= Benvenuto da Imola), Liber Augustalis , title "Commentaria imperatorum romanorum a Iulio Caesare edita per Franciscum Petrarcham usque ad tempora sua", inc. "[O]ptas clarissime marchio heroicarum cultor virtutum posse faciliter ...", expl. "... nunc pro dolor nihil possideat nisi modicum occidentis" (ed. Basel, 1554, I, 575-90). Ms. also contains: ff. 1-4, blank.
f. 4v, Table of contents, written in Roman capitals, inc. "In hoc volumine continetur Decreta Atheniensium nonnulla ...", expl. "...Philippi regis epistola ad Athenienses".
ff. 5-18, Rinuccio Aretino da Castiglione, Letter to Poggio , title "Rynucius Poggio suo oratori eximio felicitatem", inc. "Ille rem optimam et sibi salutarem facere dicendus iure videtur suavissime mi Poggi ...", expl. "...Ac in vita nemini datur effugere fatum. Finis" (cf. M. E. Cosenza, Italian Humanists..., IV [Boston, Mass., 1962], 3058, no. 16). f. 18v, blank.
ff. 19-24, Epistola Philippi Macedonici ad Athenienses , Latin trans. by Leonardo Bruni , title "Rex Macedonum Philippus Atheniensium Senatui plebique salutem, traducta per Leonardum Aretinum", inc. "Quoniam persepe iam legatos misi ...", expl. "... et diis testibus invocatis pro rebus meis pugnabo" (Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 171).
ff. 24-26v, Aeschines, Epistola senatui populoque Atheniensi , Latin trans. by Leonardo Bruni , title "Eschines Atromiti senatui populoque Atheniensi salutem", inc. "Ego me ad rem publicam contuli ...", expl. "... magis quam Menalopo contra nos roganti annuere" (Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 178). ff. 26v-32, Leonardo Bruni, Vita Virgilii excerpta ex commentariis Servii Grammatici , title "Leonardi Aretini in vitam Virgilii excerptam ex comentariis Servii gramatici", inc. "Virgilius Maro Mantuanus parentibus modicis fuit ...", expl. "ut omnia ad societatem malivolorum cederent" (Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 185). f. 32rv, Ps. Aeschines, Oration , title "Eschinis oratoris ad Athenienses oratio", inc. "Reminiscor Athenienses Alexandrum hac in nostra urbe ...", expl. "... si nos obsequentes sibi supplicesque invenerit" (R. Sabbadini, "Antonio da Romagno e Pietro Marcello", Nuovo Archivio Veneto, 31 [1916], 241-42). ff. 32v-33, Ps. Demades, Oration , title "Demadis oratoris ad Athenienses contio", inc. "Admirans vehementer admiror Athenienses ...", expl. "... et consiliis vacuam facilius diripiat" (Sabbadini, "Antonio da Romagno ...", 241-42). f.33rv, Ps. Demosthenes, Oration , title "Demosthenis oratoris ad Athenienses contio", inc. "Apud nos in questione verti video ...", expl. "... Alexandro qui servivimus Philippo ne similes simus Thebanis" (Sabbadini, "Antonio da Romagno ...", 241-42). ff. 33v-35v, Ps. Demosthenes, Oration , title "Demosthenis ad Alexandrum Macedonie regem epistula", inc. "Nihil habet rex Alexander ...", expl. "... consecuturus es. Vale" (Sabbadini, "Antonio da Romagno ...", 243-44; Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 179). ff. 36-55, Tacitus, De origine et situ Germanorum liber , title "Cornelii Taciti equitis romani de origine et situ Germanie liber incipit feliciter", inc. "Germania omnis a Gallis Rhetiisque ...", expl. "... quod ego ut incompertum in medium (sic) relinquam" (Cornelii Taciti De origine et situ Germanorum, ed J. G. C. Anderson [Oxford, 1938], 5-31). ff. 55v-69v, Basilius, De utilitate studii in libros gentilium, Ad adolescentes , Latin trans. by Leonardo Bruni , title "Basilii oratio de studiis secularibus traducta per Leonardum Aretinum ad Colucium Salutatum", inc. "Ego tibi hunc librum Colucci ...", expl. "... in quo animadverte quaeso quanta gravitas sit", f. 56v, "Basilii oratio incipit traducta a Leonardo Aretino ad Colucium Salutatum virum clarissimum. Multa sunt filiique hortantur ..." expl. "... recta consilia aspernantes" (Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 160-61; cfr. L. Schucan, Das Nachleben von Basilius Magnus "Ad adolescentes"... [Genève, 1973]). ff. 69v-86v, Xenophon, Libellus de tyranno , Latin trans. by Leonardo Bruni , title "Incipit prohemium Xenophontis phylosophy de vita tyrannica traductum a Leonardo Aretino ad Nicolaum Niccolum virum doctissimum", inc. "Xenophontis phylosophi quemdam libellum ...", expl. "... felix enim cum sis nemo tibi invidebit" (Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino, 100-101, 161). ff. 108v-113, Palladius, De insitione liber XIV , title "Palladii carmina de arte insitionis", inc. "[H]abes aliud indulte fiducie testimonium ...", expl. "... Aspera sed miti rusticitate lege. Finis" (Palladii Opus agriculturae, De veterinaria medicina, De insitione, ed. R. H. Rodgers [Leipzig, 1957]). ff. 113v-116v, Ovid, Heroides , XXI, 1-144, title "Cedippe Acontio Heroidum Ovidii ultima epistola", inc. "Pertimui scriptumque tuum sine murmure legi ...", expl. "... Vir mihi non isto more legendus eras" (P. Ovidii Nasonis Heroides, ed A. Palmer [Oxford, 1898; Hildesheim, 1967], 148-53).
ORIGIN
Written in Italy , s. XV2.
PROVENANCE
Payne and Foss, London (cat., 1826, no. 646) to Sir Thomas Phillipps, " Phillipps Ms. 6748 " is written on front pastedown; Phillipps sale (1896, no. 1235) to Quaritch (cat. 164, 1896, no, 165); Quaritch (cat. 211, 1902, no. 132) to the Houghton Library, from bequest of Henry L. Pierce fund.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 13; De Ricci, p. 985. E. K. Rand, "Notes on Ovid", Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, XXXV (1904), 128-36; E. K. Rand, "A Harvard Manuscript of Ovid, Palladius and Tacitus", American Journal of Philology, XXVI (1905), 291-329. Dutschke, Census, no. 21, pp. 83-85.

Abbreviations
Baron, Leonardo Bruni Aretino
Baron, H. Leonardo Bruni Aretino, Humanistisch-philosophische Schriften. Leipzig, 1928.
Opera:
Francisci Petrarchae Florentini ... Opera quae extant omnia. Basileae, 1554, in 2 vols. (reissued, 1581, in 4 vols.).
Hortis, A. Scritti inediti di Francesco Petrarca ... Trieste, 1874.
Prose di Francesco Petrarca, a cura di G. Martellotti, P. G. Ricci, E. Carrara, E. Bianchi. Milano-Napoli, 1955.
Rime, Trionfi e poesie latine, a cura di F. Neri, G. Martellotti, E. Bianchi, N. Sapegno. Milano-Napoli, 1951.
De Ricci
De Ricci, S. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols. New York, 1935-40.
Dutschke, Census
Dutschke, D. Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States, Padova, 1986.
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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