Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS HARVARD COLLEGE, HOUGHTON LIBRARY

Ms. Richardson 43

Parch., ff. 1 (contemporary parch.) + 186 + 1 (contemporary parch.), modern pencil foliation, 240 × 166 (168 × 100) mm., 29 verses per page, 18 2-1510 164 17-1910 204, plain horizontal catchwords on inner lower margin, written by one person in a humanistic script, attributed by B. L. Ullman to Antonio di Mario,1 but instead written by ser Giovanni di Piero da Stia, a scribe closely connected with and influenced by him. Decoration: f. 9, a 5ߚline gold initial with white vinestem on a blue outline ground with clusters of three tiny white dots, green and dark pink infilling, extending only slightly into the margin, surmonted by a grotesque face with snail shell cap, growing out of a plant (partially cropped); f. 9, poem no. 3 begins with a 4ߚline gold initial with the same white vinestem decoration (partially rubbed); f. 149v, the Triumphi begin with a 3ߚline gold initial, placed in the margin with white vinestem on a blue outline ground with clusters of three tiny dots, green and pink infilling; the poems of the Rerum vulg. fragm. begin with a 2ߚline alternating red and blue initial; the capitoli of the Triumphi begin with 3ߚline blue initials; the major breaks in the poetry are signalled by a red or blue para-paragraph mark; the poems of the Rerum vulg. fragm. are numbered in red. Modern binding, dark brown calf over paper boards, edges gauffered and gilt. ff. 1-7v, Index of first verses of Rerum vulg. fragm. , written by the scribe. f. 7v, Nota de Laura , written in another humanistic cursive, inc. "[L]aura propriis virtutibus illustris et meis longum celebrata ...", expl. "... exitus acriter ac viriliter cogitanti. Deo gratias" (Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme, II, 286-87).
f. 8rv, ruled but blank.
ff. 9-149, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , inc. "Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse il suono ..." (nos. 1, 3, 2, 4-28, 29, vv. 1-56, 30-79, 81, 82, 80, 83-120, 122, f. 141v, "Donna mi venne spesso nella mente", 123-242, 121, 243-339, 342, 340, 351-354, 350, 355, 359, 341, 343, 356, 344-349, 357, 358, 360-366), expl. "... C’accolga ’l mio spirto ultimo in pace. Finis" (nos. 114, 136, 137 and 138 have been cancelled by a later reader). ff. 149v-186, Petrarch, Triumphi , title "Incominciano e triumphi di messer Francesco Petrarca", inc. (Tr. mort. II) "La nocte che seguì l’orribil caso ... Tu starai in terra sanza me gran tempo"; f. 152v, (fragment of Tr. fam. I) "Nel cor pien d’amarissima dolcezza ... Poi alla fine vidi Artuso (sic) et Carlo"; f. 155v, (Tr. cup. II) "Stanco già di mirar non satio ancora ... Et d’un pomo beffata al fin Cidippe"; f. 158v, (Tr. cup. I) "Al tempo che rinova i miei sospiri ... Ven catenato Giove inanzi al carro"; f. 161v, (Tr. cup. III) "Era sí pieno il cor di maraviglie ... Che poco dolce molto amaro appaga"; f. 164v, (Tr. cup. IV) "Poscia che mia fortuna in forza altrui ... Che ’l pié va innanzi et l’occhio torna adietro"; f. 167v, (Tr. pud.) "Quando ad un giogo et in un tempo quivi ... Fra quali vidi Hippolito et Ioseppe"; f. 171, (Tr. mort. I) "Questa leggiadra et gloriosa donna ... Morte bella parea nel suo bel viso"; f. 174, (Tr. fam. I) "Da poi che morte triumphò nel volto ... Come adiviene a chi virtù relinque"; f. 176, (Tr. fam. II) "Pien d’infinita et nobil maraviglia ... Magnanimo gentil constante et largo" f. 179, (Tr. fam. III) "Io non sapea da tal vista levarme ... Che tira al ver la vaga opinione / Qui lascio et più di lor non dico avante"; f. 181 (Tr. Temp.) "Nel thaureo albergo con l’aurora inanzi ... Così ’l tempo triumpha i nomi e ’l mondo"; f. 183v, (Tr. et.) "Da poi che sotto ’l ciel cosa non vidi ... Or che fia dunque a rivederla in cielo. Finiscono e Triumphi di messer Francesco Petrarcha. Deo gratias. Amen". f. 186v, blank except for "Sine Cerere et Bacco frigit Venus" in a 16thߚcent. hand.
2nd. f.: Di tempo
ORIGIN
Written by Giovanni di Piero da Stia, probably in Florence , dated 1440 on f. 186.1
PROVENANCE
E. P. Goldschmidt (cat., Jan. 1939, no. 272; cat. entry pasted on front flyleaf recto); sold to William King Richardson whose bookplate is on the front pastedown; bequeathed to Harvard in 1951.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 14; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 248, Ms. Richardson 43; Jasenas, pp. 24-25, no. 3. Five Hundred Years of Calligraphy: A Three-Part Exhibition (Baltimore, Md., 1965), 59-60, pl. 41 off. 115; R. S. Wieck, Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts, p. 118, fig. 121. Dutschke, Census, no. 22, pp. 85-87.

Notes
1. Cfr. B. L. Ullman, The Origin and Development of Humanistic Script (Roma, 1960), pl. 58.
1. A. de la Mare, "New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence," pp. 499-500, no. 28.

Abbreviations
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.
Dutschke, Census
Dutschke, D. Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States, Padova, 1986.
Jasenas
Jasenas, M. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts. New York and Washington, D. C., 1974.
Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme
De Nolhac, P. Pétrarque et l’humanisme. 2 vols. Paris, 1907 (reprinted in 1965).
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).
Wieck, Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts
Wieck, R.S. "Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts (1350-1525) in the Houghton Library", Cambridge, Mass., Harvard College Library, 1983.

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