Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY

Rare Book 87637 (Proctor 163)

Paper (Main, similar to Briquet 11154), ff. I (contemporary paper) + 24, contemporary foliation in red Roman numerals, f. I not foliated and f. XVII lacking, 198 × 142 (126 × 80) mm., 18 (flyleaf I is tipped in with tab showing between ff. 8v and 9) 2-38, vertical catchwords with pen flourishes, frame ruled in dry point, double bounding lines, 20-21 long lines, written by two persons: 1) ff. 1-20v, uneven round humanistic; 2) ff. 21-23v, upright but poor humanistic script. Decoration: f. 1, 4ߚline parted initial in dark blue and red; 4ߚline initials in red on ff. 10, 11v, 21; and a 3ߚline initial in red on f. 21. Bound in limp parchment, 2 ties missing, on the spine appear, in a 16thߚcent. hand, "1495 et Ms." and "Gregorii pape in septem psalmos penitentiales explanatio", on upper edge is written "Gregorii in .7. psalmos", some water stains and burnt edges suggest the ms. may have survived a fire. ff. 21-23v, Petrarch, Rer. famil. , III, 13, version γ, title "Petrarcha (sic) ut illis temporibus orator vel maximus hanc fabellam ad quendam fratrem religionis beati Francisci ex familia aut gente Columnea Rome podagricum e greco sermone in latinum summa in illum dilectione ab eo traductam dedit", inc. "Anilem tibi fabellam, sed ex re, ut ait Flaccus garrio ...", expl. "... proinde si pellere vis podagram pelle delicias; si malum omne pelle divicias (sic). Vale diu felix" (ed. Rossi, Le Familiari, I, 131-33). Ms. also contains: flyleaf I recto, blank.
flyleaf I verso, Index (in red ink), title "In isto volumine sunt opera sequentia", inc. "I. Marci Tullii Ciceronis de somnio Scipionis; X. Vita divi Antonini Pii imperatoris Augusti; XXVI. Magni Basilii libellus in ebrios per Bartholomeum Mirabella Siculum e greco in latinum conversus; XXXXII. Guarini Veronensis ypothesia ad Hieronimum filium suum; LIII. Epistole Cratis per Anastasium Constantinopolitanum abbatem e greco in latinum converse; [?]XX. Epistola beati Bernardi super regimine domus; [?]XXVII. Epistole magni Turci per Lauduvium equitem Hierosolimitanum traducte; [?]VII. Epistola Pii summi pontificis ad Ducem Burgundie; [?]XVI. Epistole ad illustrissimum dominum regem Alfonsum Aragonum per Ianuenses misse; [?]XV. Pogii Florentini oratoris eloquentissimi faceciarum liber; (added in a similar hand) [?]X. De potenciis anime tractatus beati Thome de Aquino" (only the first two of the items actually appear in the ms. and the Petrarch text is not included in the index; the folio containing the index has been cropped with a loss of the first part of the numbers).
ff. 1-9v, Cicero, Somnium Scipionis , title "Marci Tullii Ciceronis De somnio Scipionis liber incipit feliciter", inc. "Cum in African venissem A. Manlio consule ad quartam legionem ...", expl. "... Ille discessit. Ego somnio solutus sum. M. T. C. de somnio Scipionis finit. Deo gratias" (marginal notes on ff. 8v and 9rv refer to religious content of text) (Somnium Scipionis, ed. K. Büchner, Hermes: Einzelschriften, Heft 36 [1976], 2-20). ff. 10-20v, Julius Capitolinus, Life of Antoninus Pius , title "Vita divi Anthonini Pii imperatoris Augusti incipit foeliciter", inc. "Anthoninus pius Cesar imperator Augustus pater patrie a C. Julio XVIo Adriano in principatu successit. Cepit autem anno ab urbe condita ... ut Adrianus honori et quieti viri talis consuleret. Auguria eius imperii" (the ms. text differs significantly from the printed version), f. 11v, "Cum autem Ytaliam regeret tale imperii augurium ei factum est ...", f. 20, expl. "... cuius felicitatem pietatem seccuritatem et cerimonias semper obtavit (follows an unidentified excerpt), fecit autem columnam in urbe que adhuc suo nomine nuncupatur, quam modo carbones et Malbrante duce maxime progenies tenent..., (f. 20v), Faustine corpus perungi maxime partem illam corporis ubi libido concupiscentie vehementius inflammatur quo facto mox cessavit tentatio. Divi Anthonini Pii imperatoris vita finit. Deo Gratias" (ed. D. Magie, Scriptores Historiae Augustae, I [London-New York, 1922], 100-130).
f. 24, blank.
2nd. f.: timorem Scipio
The ms. is bound at the end of the printed edition, Gregorius Magnus, Explanatio in septem psalmos poenitentiales (Mainz: Jacob Meydenbach, 1495; Hain, 7941). ORIGIN
Written in Italy , s. XVex..
PROVENANCE
Acquired from Otto Vollbehr in March, 1925.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 84; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 23, P.B. 87637. H. R. Mead, Incunabula in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1937), no. 52, ms. not mentioned.

Abbreviations
Briquet
Briquet, C.M. Les Filigranes, facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson. 4 vols. Amsterdam, 1968.
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.
Hain
Repertorium bibliographicum.
Rerum familiarium libri:
Le Familiari (Familiarium libri I-XXIV) di Francesco Petrarca, edizione critica per cura di V. Rossi. Firenze, 1933-42 (anastatic reproduction, Firenze, 1968), 4 vols. (vol. IV by U. Bosco).
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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