Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS NEWBERRY LIBRARY

Ms. 62

Paper (Fleur-de-lis not in Briquet, and a letter P similar to Briquet 8622), ff. I (modern paper) + 36 + I (modern paper), 209 × 145 (165 × 95) mm., modern pagination on lower outside margin with remnants of former foliation (1-36) on top outer margin, 1-312, 36 long lines, horizontal catchwords, pricking is evident, ruled in lead, partially cropped signatures in red ink, written by one person in a bastarda script. Decoration: ff. 1, 10, 16v, 25, 28v and 33 have a 5ߚline red initial; ff. 4, 21 and 31rv have a 2ߚline red initial; red letter slashing throughout. Modern binding, grey paper, quarter calf, and letters written on the spine "Opera varia Petrarcae aliorumque". ff. 10-16v, Ps. Petrarch, Aronus et Marina , title "Incipit quoddam exemplum cuiusdam clerici vero amore amantis quamdam matronam Aroni coniugem et hoc morale", inc. "Erat Ianuensis urbs multum copiosa civibus ...", expl. "... illius pudicitiam cum ieiunio abstinentiaque servavit. Finit hoc dogma morale editum per Franciscum Petrarcham eminentem poetam laureatum" (M. L. Doglio, "Un’inedita novella latina del XV secolo: l’anonima Historia de Arono et Marina", in Letteratura e filologia: Studi in onore di Cesare F. Goffis [Foggia, 1985], 91-105). ff. 16v-25, Ps. Petrarch, De vera sapientia , title "Francisci Petrarche poete laureati de vera sapiencia dialogus primus incipit feliciter. Orator enim et Ydiota collocutores sunt", inc. "Convenit pauper quidem idiota ...", expl. "... sapiencia semper benedicta. Amen. Ffrancisci Petrarche de vera sapiencia dyalogus secundus explicit feliciter" (ed. Basel, 1554, 364-72; Nicolai De Cusa Opera omnia, V [Hamburgi, 1983], LXV-LXXII: "De dialogis de vera sapientia Francisco Petrarcae addictis denuo disseruit Raymundus Klibansky"). ff. 25-28, Ps. Petrarch, Dialogus inter Piladem et Horestem , title "Ffrancisci Petrarche sequitur dyalogus perornatus et poeticus de romane curie ‘erased word’ evitacione, cuius colloquentes Pilades sunt et Horrestes, hospes caupoque", inc. "Hoe! Unde mi Horrestes. Horrestes. Sed quo mi Pylades ...", expl. "... ad preparatas nobis sedes evolemus. Et huius libelli periocundi finis adest per Franciscum Petrarchum poetam. Deo gracias" (L. Bertalot, "Eine Satire gegen die roemische Curie aus dem XV. Jahrhundert", Archivium Romanicum, 10 [1926], 430-36; also in Bertalot, Studien zum italienischen und deutschen Humanismus, ed. P.O. Kristeller, I, [Roma, 1975], 411-25). Ms. also contains: ff. 1-10, Salomon et Marcolphus , title "Incipit dyalogus Salomonys et Marcolfi", inc. "Cum staret Salomon ...", expl. "... post hoc domum remeans quievit in pace. Explicit dyalogus Salomonys et Marcolfi" (ed. W. Benary, Heidelberg, 1914). ff. 28v-30v, Pius II, De captione urbis Constantinopolitane , title "Pii II pontificis maximi de captione urbis Constantinopolitane tractatus incipit", inc. "Maomethes, defuncto Amurate, gubernacula ...", expl. "... secundus et quinquagesimus super millesimum quadringentesimumque concurrit. Et sic est finis" (Pius II, Opera quae extant omnia [Basel, 1551], 400-402). f. 31, Paulus Niavis, Letter to Thomas Friberger in preface to Lucian Charon , title "Paulus Niavis artium magister, venerando viro Thome Friberger plebano Friburge apud sanctum Petrum domino suo et fautori precipuo", inc. "Cogitavi vir honorande ...", expl. "... magnificentia tua immemor Pauli tui. Vale" (Hain, 10270; the beginning differs however). ff. 31-33, Lucian, Charon , Latin translation perhaps by Rinuccio Aretino , title "Dyalogus Luciani per Arispam (sic) de greco in latinum translatus de Charone inferorum nauta", inc. "Sepe ac multum ea mente cogitavi ...", expl. "... sed ac vultures atque vitam cuiusque examinare necesse est. Ffinis" (Hain, 10273-74; D. P. Lockwood, "De Rinucio Aretino graecarum litterarum interprete", Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, 24 [1913], 99). ff. 33-35, Lucian, Dialogues of the Dead (Contentio de praesidentia P. Scipionis), Latin translation by Giovanni Aurispa , title "Alexandri magni Hanibalis Karthaginensis Scipionis Affricani maiorum trium summorum ducum de artis imperatoria presidentia contentio apud inferos sub Minoe iudice ex Luciano autore greco per Iohannem Arispam (sic) in latinum conversa feliciter incipit. Alexander", inc. "Me, o Libice, preponi decet melior equidem sum ...", expl. "... et tercius Hanibal neque hic quidem spernendus est. Telos" (Hain, 10275; G. Martellotti, "La ‘Collatio inter Scipionem ...’" Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Honor of B. L. Ullman, II [Roma, 1964], 146).
ff. 35v-36v, ruled but blank.
2nd. f.: Mar[culfus]
ORIGIN
Written probably in the Low Countries , s. XV2.
PROVENANCE
Bought from H. P. Kraus in 1951.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 19; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 153, no. 34. Dutschke, Census, no. 28, pp. 95-97.

Abbreviations
De vera sapientia (ps. Petrarch):
Francisci Petrarchae Florentini ... Opera quae extant omnia. Basileae, 1554. 364-72.
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.
Dutschke, Census
Dutschke, D. Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States, Padova, 1986.
Hain
Repertorium bibliographicum.
Collatio inter Scipionem Alexandrum Hanibalem et Pyrrum:
G. Martellotti, "La Collatio inter Scipionem Alexandrum Hanibalem et Pyrrum", in AA. VV., Classical, Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies in Honor of B. L. Ullman. II. Roma, 1964, 145-68
; also in
G. Martellotti, Scritti Petrarcheschi. Padova, 1983, 321-46.
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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