Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS HARVARD COLLEGE, HOUGHTON LIBRARY

Ms. Typ. 42

Parch., ff. I (contemp. parch., tinted purple and tipped in) + 68 + II (modern paper), modern pencil foliation, 129 × 86 (83 × 50) mm., 18 verses per page, 1-88 94, horizontal catch-words at bottom inner margin at times with simple pen decorations, ruled in ink, written by one person in a humanistic script. Decoration: f. 1, a full page multicolored illumination of a monumental arch supported by four decorated columns with trophies hanging from them, on a blue and green ground with a portrait of Petrarch, crowned in laurel, playing a string instrument, a background of trees, countryside and blue sky; two putti on the upper part of the arch hold a banner with the title of the Triumphi, on the lower margin are two standing putti supporting an escutcheon, azure, a stag rampant or; also on f. 1 is a 3ߚline gold and burgundy initial which contains a coin medallion with the profile of a man; the capitoli of the Triumphi begin with 3ߚline painted gold initials on a blue ground outlined in black with black patterning, burgundy or green infilling and gold highlighting; a colorful floral decoration, in the style of Francesco d’Antonio del Chierico, grows out of the initial into the margin; similar initials but without floral decoration on ff. 11, 22, 40, 48, 57 and 62; the initials of the terzine are alternating gold and blue; the rubrics are in gold and blue and when they are at the end of the text they form diamond shapes and inverted triangles. Modern binding, brown calf over paper boards, gilt border frame, pastedowns are marbled paper. ff. 1-66, Petrarch, Triumphi , title "Li triumphi del eximio poeta Francisco Petrarcha", inc. (Tr. cup. I) "Nel tempo che rinova i mei sospiri ... Vien cathenato Giove innanzi al carro"; f. 5v, (Tr. cup. III) "Capitulo II del triumpho de l’amore, Era sì pieno il cor di maraviglia ... Et quale el mel temprato con l’assentio"; f. 11 (Tr. cup. IV) "Capitulo III del triumpho de l’amore, Poscia che mia fortuna in forza altrui ... Che’l piè va inanzi et l’occhio torna adietro"; f. 15v, (Tr. cup. II) "Capitulo IIII del triumpho de l’amore, Stanco già di mirar, non satio anchora ... Et d’un pomo beffata al fin Cipidde. Finito il primo triumpho de l’amore, incomincia el secundo triumpho de la pudicicia"; f. 21v, blank; f. 22 (Tr. pud.) "Capitulo primo del triumpho de la pudicicia, Quando ad un giogo et in un tempo quivi ... Fra quali io vidi Hippolyto et Ioseppe"; f. 27v, (fragment of Tr. mort. I) "Capitulo II del triumpho de la pudicicia, Quanti già nella aetà matura et acra ... Quella per cui ben far prima mi piacque. Finito il secondo triumpho de la pudicicia, incomincia el terzo triumpho de la morte"; f. 28, blank; f. 29, (Tr. mort. I) "Capitulo primo del triumpho de la morte, Questa legiadra et gloriosa donna ... Morte bella parea nel suo bel viso"; f. 33v, (Tr. mort. II) "Capitulo II del triumpho de la morte, La nocte che segui l’horribil caso ... Tu starai in terra senza me gran tempo. Finito el terzo triumpho de la morte, incomincia el quarto triumpho de la fama"; f. 39v, blank; f. 40, (fragment of Tr. fam. I) "Capitulo primo del triumpho de la fama, Nel cor pien d’amarissima dolceza ...poi alla fine vidi Arture et Carlo"; f. 44v, (Tr. fam. I) "Capitulo II del triumpho de la fama, Da poi che morte triumphò nel volto ... Sì come adviene a chi virtù relinque"; f. 48, (Tr. fam. II) "Capitulo III del triumpho de la fama, Pien d’infinita et nobil maravigla ... Magnanimo gentil constante et largo"; f. 52v, (Tr. fam. III) "Capitulo IIII del triumpho de la fama, Io non sapea da tal vista levarme ... Che tira al vero la vaga opinione / Qui lascio et più di lor non dico avanti. Finito il quarto triumpho de la fama, incomincia el quinto triumpho del tempo"; f. 56v, blank; f. 57, (Tr. temp.) "Capitulo primo del triumpho del tempo, Nel taureo albergo con l’aurora innanzi ... Così il tempo triumpha i nomi e’l mondo. Finito il quinto triumpho del tempo, incomincia el sexto triumpho de la divinità"; f. 61v, blank; f. 62, (Tr. et.) "Capitulo primo de la divinità, Da po’ che sotto al ciel cosa non vidi ... Hor che fia dunque a rivederla in cielo".
ff. 66v-68v, ruled but blank.
2nd. f.: contra
ORIGIN
Written in Italy (Florence?), dated 10 January 1489/90, see colophon on f. 66, "Qui finiscono li triumphi del excellentissimo poeta Francisco Petrarcha, scripti a dì X de Januario 1489"; the rest of the colophon is illegible except for "nob(il)e et ex(cellent)e huomo".
PROVENANCE
Ms. bought in 1949 from Howard S. Mott with the bequest of Mary P. C. Nash.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 16; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 255, Ms. Typ. 42; R. S. Wieck, Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts, p. 121, fig. 47; the illumination on f. l is attributed to Cristoforo Majorana. Dutschke, Census, no. 24, pp. 90-92.

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.
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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