Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


NEW YORK, NEW YORK PIERPONT MORGAN LIBRARY

M. 920

Parch., ff. I (contemp. parch.) + 47 + I (contemp. parch.), modern pencil foliation, 229 × 150 (142 × 80-84) mm., 24 verses per page, 1-410 56 (+7th), plain horizontal catchwords on inner margin, signatures of a letter of the alphabet and number are evident only on quires 3-4, evidence of pricking, drypoint ruled, written by Gherardo del Ciriagio, in a formal humanistic script. A richly decorated initial on f. 1, a 7ߚline gold initial on a blue ground with clusters of yellow dots, white vinestem shaded in yellow with green and pink infilling and a full white vinestem border which intertwines around two parallel gold bars which join into an interlacing pattern around the Strozzi arms at the bottom center, the white vinestem of the border is shaded in yellow and is on a blue ground which outlines the entire border, with clusters of yellow or white dots; all of the capitoli of the Triumphi begin with a 4 to 5ߚline gold initial on a blue ground with clusters of three tiny yellow dots, green and pink infilling and white vinestem shaded in yellow which trails into the margin ending occasionally in a pen flourish. Bound in gold velvet. ff. 1-46, Petrarch, Triumphi , title "Francisci Petrarche poete clarissimi florentini de amore triumphus primus incipit feliciter", inc. (Tr. cup. I) "Nel tempo che rinnova i miei sospiri ... Vien cathenato Iove innanzi al carro, Finit prima pars primi triumphi domini Francisci Petrarche. Eiusdem secunda pars incipit"; f. 4v, (Tr. cup. III) "Era sì pieno il cor di maraviglie ... Et quale è il mele temprato collo assentio, Incipit tertia pars primi triumphi domini Francisci Petrarche"; f. 8v, (Tr. cup. IV) "Poscia che mia fortuna in forza altrui ... Che’l pie’ va innanzi et l’ochio torna adietro, Incipit quarta pars primi triumphi domini Francisci Petrarche"; f. 12, (Tr. cup. II) "Stanco già di mirar non satio ancora ... Et d’un pomo beffata al fin Cylippe, Domini Francisci Petrarche triumphus secundus incipit de domina Laura"; f. 16, (Tr. pud.) "Quando ad un giogo et in un tempo quivi ... Fra quali io vidi Ipolito et Ioseppe, Domini Francisci Petrarche triumphus tertius de morte"; f. 20, (Tr. mort. I) "Questa leggiadra et gratiosa donna ... Morte bella parea nel suo bel viso, Domini Francisci Petrarche incipit secunda pars triumphi de morte"; f. 23v, (Tr. mort. II) "La nocte che seguì l’orribil caso ... Tu starai in terra senza me gran tempo, Domini Francisci Petrarche incipit tertia pars triumphi de morte"; f. 27v, (fragment of Tr. fam. I) "Nel cor pien d’amarissima dolceza ... Poi alla fine vidi Arturo et Carlo, Domini Francisci Petrarche quartus triumphus de fama incipit"; f. 31, (Tr. fam. I) "Da poi che morte triumphò nel volto ... Sì come aviene a chi virtù relinque, Domini Francisci Petrarche secunda pars triumphi de fama incipit"; f. 33v, (Tr. fam. II) "Pieno d’infinita et nobil maraviglia ... Magnanimo gentile constante et largo, Domini Francisci Petrarche tertia pars triumphi de fama incipit"; f. 37, (Tr. fam. III) "Io non sapea da tal vista levarme ... Che tira al vero la vaga opinione / Qui lascio et più di lor non dico avante"; f. 39v, (Tr. temp.) "Domini Francisci Petrarche quintus triumphus de tempore incipit, Nel thauro albergo colla aurora innanzi ... Così il tempo triumpha e nomi e ’l mondo"; f. 42v, (Tr. et.) "Domini Francisci Petrarche sextus et ultimus triumphus de divinitate incipit, Dappoi che sotto il ciel cosa non vidi ...", expl. "... Or che fia dunque a rivederla in celo. Laus Deo nostro". f. 46, "Domini Francisci Petrarche poete clarissimi florentini triumphi expliciunt, lege feliciter".
f. 46v, blank.
f. 47, Illumination of the Strozzi arms.
f. 47v, blank.
2nd. f.: conosci
ORIGIN
Written in Florence by Gherardo del Ciriagio in 1447, the colophon carries the date 1446, Florentine style, on f. 46, "Scripti fuerunt per me Gherardum Florentinum, de anno Domini MCCCCoXLVIo, indictione decima, de mense martii. Deo gratias".1
PROVENANCE
Owned by members of the Strozzi family of Florence: the Strozzi arms appear on f. 1, three gold crescents on a gold shield, and on. f. 47, a rectangular (130 × 115 mm.) frame, three crescents set against a blue circle of clouds with rays emanating from them, on a rose ground, outlined in green; on the front pastedown is the signature in a 15thߚcentury cursive script, "Philippi Strozae et amicorum", of Filippo Strozzi (1428-91) who was a friend of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and below is the signature of Filippo’s son Lorenzo (1482-1549), "Lorenzo Stroze et amicorum"; on the front flyleaf recto is the name of Lorenzo Strozzi’s younger brother Filippo (1488-1538), "Philippus Strozza vir magnificentissimus vivat", followed by the name of Filippo’s wife Clarice (1493-1528), "Illustrissima Clarice Medices de Strozzis vivat"; also on the front flyleaf recto is the Strozzi library stamp with the motto "Expecto"; the same library stamp appears in Boston Public Library, Ms. q. Med. 130 (no. 17 in the present Census). The manuscript may be listed in the Strozzi library Indice which is now in the Folger Shakespeare Library, W.b. 132 Vol. 199 , f. 148 (no. 130 in the present Census); W. Toscanini (Cat., 1929, no. 76); Adrian Van Sinderen of New York; acquired by the Pierpont Morgan Library in 1965-6.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 72; De Ricci, p. 1204, no. 1; Wilkins, no. 14; Jasenas, p. 6, no. 72, p. 31, no. 15, pl. 10 (off. 1). B. L. Ullman, The Origin and Development of Humanistic Script (Roma, 1960), in which Ullman cites this manuscript when it was in the library of A. Van Sinderen and he also cites two other Petrarch Triumphi manuscripts copied by Gherardo del Ciriagio, pp. 111-17, nos. 1, 7, 12, pls. 60-63. Fourteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1965-66, ed. F. B. Adams (New York, 1967), 21-22.

Notes
1. Albinia de la Mare, "New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence," pp. 496-498, no. 24.

Abbreviations
De Ricci
De Ricci, S. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols. New York, 1935-40.
Jasenas
Jasenas, M. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts. New York and Washington, D. C., 1974.
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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