Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA INDIANA UNIVERSITY, LILLY LIBRARY

Poole Mss 26

Parch., ff. I-VII (modern paper) + 52 + I-IV (modern paper), modern pencil foliation, 246 × 166 (175 × 110) mm., 1-68 74, ruled in lead, 35-42 long lines, catchwords at times underlined in red, written by one person, Italian gothic book hand, notes on f. 52rv are in a contemporary similar hand. Decoration: f. 46, 6ߚline red initial with red infilling and pen trails; red initials and paragraph marks throughout. Bound in a late 19thߚcent. brown quarter morocco and leatherette boards with "De vita et moribus philosophorum veterum tractatus" in gold letters on spine. ff. 46-52, Petrarch, Boccacii Griseldis historia ( Rer. senil. XVII, 3), title "De insigni obediencia et fide uxoria Iohannis Bocacii", inc. "Librum tuum quem nostro materno eloquio ut opinor ...", expl. "... pro suo mortali coniuge hec rustica muliercula passa est. Et sic est finis huius opusculi. Deo gratias" (Burke-Severs, The Literary Relationships , 254-92). Ms. also contains: ff. 1-45v, Walter Burley, De vita et moribus philosophorum , title "[D]e vita et moribus philosophorum veterum tractaturus multa que ab antiquis auctoribus in diversis libris de ipsorum gestis sparsim scripta reperi in unum colligere laboravi plurima quoque eorum responsa notabilia et dicta elegancia huic libello inserui que ad legencium consolacionem et morum informacionem conferre valebunt", inc. "Thales, philosophus, asianus, ut ait Laercius in libro de vita philosophorum ...", expl. "... Scripsit insuper librum de naturalibus questionibus ad Cosdroem et regem persarum. Explicit hic liber de vita et moribus philosophorum. Deo gratias" (Gualterii Burlaei Liber de vita et moribus philosophorum, ed. H. Knust [Tübingen, 1886], 2-395); manuscript not listed in J. O. Stigall, "The manuscript tradition of the De vita et moribus philosophorum of Walter Burley", Medioevalia et Humanistica, II (1957), 44-57. f. 52, inc. "Intellectus est caput regiminis, salus anime ...", expl. "... radix omni honorum laudabilium et honorabilium". f. 52, inc. "Invidia generat mendacium ...", expl. "... Inimiciciam generat bellum et bellum vero dissoluit leges et destruit civitates et hoc est contra ius nature". f. 52, inc. "Diabolus habet novem filias: primam dat clericis, scilicet simoniam ...", expl. "... nonam claustralibus, scilicet invidiam". f. 52v, inc. "Item primum instrumentum intellectus est desiderium bone fame...", expl. "... Invidia ubique generat mendacium quod radix est reprobalilium et cetera ut supra". f. 52v, inc. "Veritas est radix laudabilium materia omnium bonorum ...", expl. "... largitas familiaritatem, familiaritas amiciciam, amicicia vero generat consilium etc.". f. 52v, inc. "Hec sunt abusiva in seculo: Sapiens sine operibus ...", expl. "... Rex iniquis" (Walther, Initia carminum, no. 17280). f. 52v, inc. "Est infelix in lege: cui nescit et non discit / cui scit et non docet / cui docet et non operatur".
2nd f.: regis
ORIGIN
Written in Italy , s. XIVex..
PROVENANCE
Archiv Schloss Arenfels, Ms. 8 ; bought from C.A. Stonehill in 1953 by George A. Poole, Jr., Ms. 230 ; acquired by the Lilly Library in 1958.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 8; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 180, no. 26. Dutschke, Census, no. 14, pp. 69-70.

Abbreviations
Boccacii Griseldis historia (Latin translation, Rer. senil., XVII, 3):
Burke-Severs, J. The Literary Relationships of Chaucer’s Clerks Tale. New Haven-New York, 1942, 254-92.
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).
Walther, Initia carminum
Walther, H. Initia carminum ac versuum Medii Aevi posterioris Latinorum. Göttingen, 1959.

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