Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS NEWBERRY LIBRARY

Ms. 70.5

Paper (Composite ms. in two parts: Part I, ff. 1-30, échelle, similar to Briquet 5910; Part II, ff. 31-94, Tête de boeuf, Briquet 14363), ff. I (modern paper) + II-V (contemporary paper) + 94 + I-IV (contemp. paper) + I (modern paper), not foliated, 274 × 200 (174 × 100) mm., Part I has 26 long lines and Part II has 28 long lines, 1-710 812 912, all catchwords are plain vertical except for a plain horizontal catchword at the end of quire 4, ruled in drypoint, written by two persons: 1) ff. 1-30v, a rapid calligraphic script; 2) ff. 31-94, by Bassianus de Villanis, a rapid calligraphic script with influence from the mercantesca . No decoration: the scribe of Part I has added marginal notes for the retrieval of information, including proper names and facts, pointing hands. Binding: the distinctive green Archinto binding, on the spine a leather label with the letters "Estrat. della storia romana", marbled edges. ff. 1-93v, Iacopo di Poggio Bracciolini, Commento sopra el Triumpho de la Fama di F. Petrarca, inc. (Preface lacking) "Nel cor pien d’amarissima dolcezza ... Ella a veder parea cosa divina", f. 1, (Commentary) "El popolo romano superiore pelle sue singulari et inmense virtù ...", expl. "... benivolentia inaudita dai suoi populi" (Hain, 12789; L. Suttina, Bibliografia delle opere a stampa intorno a Francesco Petrarca esistenti nella Biblioteca Petrarchesca Rossettiana di Trieste. Anni 1485-1904 [Trieste, 1908], 49).
f. 94rv, blank.
2nd. f.: di suoni
ORIGIN
Written in Italy , Part I in Florence , s. XV (before Part II) and Part II by Bassianus de Villanis, on 24 October 1480, as per the colophon on f. 93v, "Finis. Laus Deo semper. Transcriptus per me Bassianum de Villanis et finitus die XXIIIIo octobris 1480 hora noctis quinta"; the same person had acquired Part I as a gift, as is recounted in his note on the second front flyleaf recto: "Hic liber est mei Bassiani de Villanis quem manu propria scripsi exceptis primis quadernis quos portavi ex Florentia, nam dono dati fuerunt".
PROVENANCE
Owned by Count Carlo Archinto of Milan (1669-1732) whose arms appear on the first front flyleaf verso with the monogram "Archintea Laus"; in pencil on the recto of the second flyleaf is the library number " L. VIII. f. " and "Estratto della storia romana" written in pencil; bought of Mrs. Fletcher, Wimbledon, England in 1955.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 20; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 153, no. 38; H. Baron, "Manuscript Acquisitions in 1955", The Newberry Library Bulletin, VI, no. 3 (Sept. 1956), 80-81. Dutschke, Census, no. 29, pp. 97-98.

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.
Dutschke, Census
Dutschke, D. Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States, Padova, 1986.
Hain
Repertorium bibliographicum.
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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