Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


NEW YORK, NEW YORK PIERPONT MORGAN LIBRARY

M. 326

Paper (Monts, similar to Briquet 11 and Fleur, Briquet 728), ff. II (contemporary parch.) + 158, contemporary foliation in Arabic numerals 1-145 and ff. 146-158 foliated in modern pencil, 237 × 169 (152 × 92-95) mm., 28 verses per page, 1-916 1016 (-15th and 16th), plain horizontal catchwords in rectangular frames, ruled in ink, double bounding lines, written by three persons: 1) ff. 1-145, rapid calligraphic humanistic script and experimentation with formal humanistic (full and partial lines) on ff. 43v-50 and f. 145; 2) ff. 146-149, humanistic with gothic features; 3) ff. 150-158v, humanistic cursive. Decoration: spaces have been left blank for 3ߚline initials for each poem; the versals are offset and in a display script. Binding, 15thߚcent. tanned skin (mildew damage) with remainder of four thongs; a leather label on the spine with gold letters "Petrarca canzoniere", "Italian, XV Cent." and below the library number "M. 326". front flyleaves I-II verso, Index of first verses of the Rerum vulg. fragm., written in a small careful humanistic script. ff. 1-145, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , inc. "[V]oi ch’ascoltate in rime [spar]se il suono ...", (nos. 1-291, 293, 294, 292, 295-336, 350, 355, 337-349, 356-365, 351, 352, 354, 353, 366), expl. "... Che acolga el mio spirito ultimo in pace. Finis". f. 145, Epytaphium Francisci Petrarce , inc. "Frigida Francisci lapis hic tegit ossa Petrarce ...", expl. "... Fessaque iam terris caeli requiescat in arce" (Solerti, Le vite, 297, 319, 326, 355).
f. 145v, blank.
ff. 146-148, Jacopo Sanguinacci, Canzone , inc. "[F]elice chi misura ogni suo passo ...", expl. "... Se stesso uccide e comette heresia" (L. Frati, Collezione di opere inedite, I [Bologna, 1913], 264-68; see E. H. Wilkins, "A Morgan Miscellany", Italica, XXIV, no. 3 [1947], 187-88; Le rime del codice Isoldiano, I, 264-68). ff. 148-149, Leonardo Giustinian, Canzone , inc. "[O] misera mia vita, o cor mio afflicto ...", expl. "... La bella donna che te tene in mano / Poneli//" (Wilkins, "A Morgan Miscellany", 188-99).
f. 149v, blank.
ff. 150-154, Antonio Pucci, Le noie (the arrangement of the terzine is occasionally at variance with the printed edition and the text ends differently), inc. "Io prego la divina maestate ..." (vv. 1-33, 40-44, 49-159, 169-186, variant terzina 62a, variant version of vv. 133-35, 241-264, variant terzina 65a, 196-207, 217-228, 265-270, 37-39), expl. "... A noia m’è et hone gram dolore / D’essere dalla gente desprezato / Et senza fallo morire in prigione. / A noia vedendomi ingannato / Solamente de po’ io me fidava / Ma forscie a Dio ne pigliarà pecchato" (Antonio Pucci, Le noie, ed. K. McKenzie [Princeton, 1931], 1-20; see K. McKenzie, "Manuscripts of Le noie by Antonio Pucci", Speculum, XXV [1950], 166-77). f. 154v, Antonio da Ferrara, Credo di Dante , vv. 184-210, title "Questi sonno i septi peccata mortale desposti per Dante in rima", inc. "Prima è superbia, de omni mal radice ...", expl. "... La prima orazïone è ’l Paternostro" (Antonio da Ferrara, Rime, ed. L. Bellucci [Bologna, 1967], 68-69). ff. 155-157, Jacopone da Todi, title "Contrasto del morto et del vivo", inc. "Il morto dice: Quando te alegre o Homo de grande altura ...", expl. "... Inanzi che da Dio voi siate giudicate. Finis" (Iacopone da Todi, Laude, a cura di F. Mancini, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1974, pp. 177-180, lauda 61). ff. 157v-158, Poem of 39 lines of verse, inc. "O fior de primavera ...", expl. "... Dulce mia guerera" (published by Wilkins, "A Morgan Miscellany", 194-95). f. 158v, Poem of 18 lines of verse, written in a 15thߚcent. cursive hand, inc. "O volto fatto dal tonante Iddeo ...", expl. "... Voi governare e regere farà così". Back pastedown, in a humanistic script, six lines of poetry, inc. "Uno aspro vento in una navicella ...", expl. "... Infra queste acque salse e sì profonde".
2nd. f.: Tal che natura
ORIGIN
Written in Italy , s. XV.
PROVENANCE
On the first front flyleaf is a library stamp with the initials "P. N." within a circle, of the Niccolini family of Florence; the initials "T. N." appear on f. 148; sold in the 19th century to Payne and Foss (probably their catalogue, Feb., 1830, no. 115); purchased from Marcocchia in 1910.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 65; De Ricci, p. 1427, no. 326; Wilkins, no. 23; Jasenas, pp. 28-29, no. 11; De Robertis, "Censimento", pp. 193-94, no. 391.

Abbreviations
Briquet
Briquet, C.M. Les Filigranes, facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson. 4 vols. Amsterdam, 1968.
De Ricci
De Ricci, S. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols. New York, 1935-40.
De Robertis, "Censimento"
De Robertis, D. "Censimento di codici danteschi". Studi danteschi, 45 (1968).
Jasenas
Jasenas, M. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts. New York and Washington, D. C., 1974.
Solerti, Le vite
Solerti, A. Le vite di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio scritte fino al secolo decimosesto ... Milano, 1904.
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).
Wilkins
Wilkins, E.H. "Manuscripts of the Canzoniere and the Triumphs in American Libraries", Modern Philology, XLV (1947), 23-35 (updated in Wilkins, E.H. The Making of the "Canzoniere" and Other Petrarchan Studies. Roma, 1951.

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