Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


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Petrarch fragment

Parch., early 15th century, one complete bifolium and one partial bifolium, Bifolium I - 236 × 140 (154 × 75) mm., Bifolium II - 85 × 140 (85 × 75) mm., drypoint ruled, single columns of 22 lines, in a rounded gothic hand with humanistic elements. Decoration: poems begin with 2ߚline initials in blue or golden yellow with contrasting penwork. Bifolium I was used as a cover of a binding, and on ff. 1v-2r are written the number "200" and "Merzadri [.] 1680 fino [.] Partiti [.]." Bifolium I f. 1r, Rerum vulg. fragm. 137, vv. 8-14, 138, vv. 1-14. f. 1v, Rerum vulg. fragm. 139, vv. 1-14, 140, vv. 1-7. f. 2r, Rerum vulg. fragm. 140, vv. 8-14, 141, vv. 1-14. f. 2v, Rerum vulg. fragm. 143, vv. 1-14, 144, vv. 1-7. Bifolium II f. 1r, Rerum vulg. fragm. 151, vv. 8-14, 153, vv. 1-4. f. 1v, Rerum vulg. fragm. 153, vv. 1-11. f. 2r, Rerum vulg. fragm. 185, vv. 9-14, 186, vv. 1-5. f. 2v, Rerum vulg. fragm. 187, vv. 2-13. ORIGIN
Northeastern Italy, early 15th century.
PROVENANCE
Bought from Bernard Quaritch in summer 2000: Medieval Manuscripts: Leaves and Binding Fragments, Bernard Quaritch Catalogue 1270, Spring/Summer 2000, lot 111, p. 81.

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