Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY PRINCETON UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

Kane 30

Parch., ff. I (modern parch.) + 135 + I (mod. parch.), modern pencil foliation, 230 × 160 (155 × 110) mm., 33 long lines, 1-1210 138 148 (-8th), plain vertical catchwords, signatures occasionally visible (letter of the alphabet and Arabic numerals), ruled in lead, written by Petrus Suuilden of Liège (see f. 127), in a humanistic script. Decoration: f. 1, a 9ߚline gold initial with white vinestem on a blue ground, pink and green infilling, clusters of tiny white dots, the white vinestem extends into 3/4 of the border, inhabited by a butterfly and four birds at the bottom surrounding a green wreath with the arms; f. 33v, a 7ߚline gold initial similar to f. 1, except for a reduced white vinestem decoration; ff. 81 and 111, a 7ߚline gold initial similar to f. 33v; there are 3ߚline alternating plain red and blue initials; red and blue paragraph marks throughout and some proper names are written in the margin by the scribe. Binding by Rivière, red morocco over paper boards, gilt edges, on the spine in gold letters "Ciceronis Orationes, Ms., in pergamena a. d. 1458". f. 133rv, Ps. Caesar, Letter to Oppius Cornelius (= Cicero, Ad. Att. , IX 7c; the letter is reputed to have been taken from a copy of the letters owned by Petrarch), title "Epistola ista copiata fuit ex exemplari quodam habito ex exemplari Petrarce quam ipse Petrarca auream dicit", inc. "Cesar Oppio etiam Cornelio salutem. Gaudeo mehercule vos significare ...", expl. "... Quorum artificiis effectum est ut res pii in hunc statum perveniret" (Cicero’s Letters to Atticus, ed. E. R. Shackleton Bailey, IV [Cambridge, 1968], p. 156, no. 174c). Ms. also contains: ff. I-III, Cicero, De oratore , title "M. Tullii Ciceronis liber primus ad Quintum", inc. "Cogitanti michi sepenumero et memoria vetera repetenti perbeati fuisse ..." (ff. 1-33v, Lib. I; ff. 33v-81, Lib. II; ff. 81-111, Lib. III), expl. "... et aliquando ab hac contentione disputationis animos nostros curamque (sic) laxemus" (M. T. Ciceronis De oratore, ed. A. S. Wilkins, I-III [New York, 1979, reprint], 73-138) (the De oratore text is followed by a title written in a 16thߚcent. hand, "Ad Q. fratrem M. T. Ciceronis secundus de oratore liber explicit. M. T. Ciceronis ad Q. fratrem de oratore liber tertius incipit"). ff. 111-127, Cicero, Orator , XXVI, 90 - LXXI, 238 (the text, written as if it were the third book of the De oratore, begins incomplete; a portion immediately preceding has been inserted in a 15thߚcent. hand, "Uberius est aliud aliquan-") inc. "//Toque (sic) robustius quam hoc humile de quo dictum est ...", expl. "... verecundia negandi scribendi me impudentiam (sic) suscepisse. Marci Tullii Ciceronis de oratore libri expliciunt" (Ciceron, L’orateur du meilleur genre d’orateurs, par A. Yon [Paris, 1964], 32-93). ff. 127v-128v, Ps. Sallust, In Marcum Tullium Ciceronem declamatio , title (written in a 16thߚcent. hand) "C. Salustii Crispi in M. T. Ciceronem oratio", inc. "Graviter et iniquo animo maladicta tua paterer ...", expl. "... neque in hac neque in illa parte fidem habens" (Cicero, Opera, eds. J. G. Baiter - C. L. Kayser, XI [Leipzig, 1869], 147-49). ff. 128v-132, Ps. Cicero, In Caium Salustium Crispum controversia , title (in a 16thߚcent. hand) "In Salustium oratio que Ciceroni falso tribuitur", inc. "Ea demum magna voluptas tibi est ...", expl. "... Set ut ea dicam, que ego effari honeste possim" (Cicero, Opera, ed. Baiter-Kayser ..., XI, 149-55). f. 132rv, Ps. Lentulus, Letter , title "Epistola Lentuli ad Senatores Rome. Temporibus Octaviani Cesaris cum ex universis mundi partibus illi qui preerant provincis scriberent senatoribus que Rome erant novitates que occurrebant per mundi climata. Quidam nomine Lentulus habens offitium in partibus Iudee Herodis regis scripsit senatoribus Rome sic", inc. "Apparuit temporibus nostris ...", expl. "... et modestus inter filios hominum. Reperta in annalibus Rome" (H. Boese, Die lateinischen Handschriften der Würtembergischen Landesbibliothek. Zweite Reihe, 3 Bd. [Wiesbaden, 1963], 189. Letter is published in E. von Dobschütz, Christusbilder. Untersuschungen zur christlichen Legende, II, Leipzig, J. C. Hinrich’sche Buchhandlung, 1899, pp. 318-324). ff. 132v-133, Ps. Pontius Pilatus, Letter , title "Pontius Pilatus regi Claudio salutem", inc. "Nuper accidit, et quod ipse probavi ...", expl. "... gesta sunt de Ihesu in pretorio meo. Datum etc." (Evangelia apocrypha, ed. C. de Tischendorf [Leipzig, 1876; reprint Hildesheim, 1966], 413-16). f. 133v, Ps. Plutarchus, Letter to Trajan , title "Epistola Plutarchi philosophi ad Trayanum imperatorem discipulum suum a quo receperat litteram quod factus erat imperator et quod gaudere deberet", inc. "Plutarchus Traiano salutem. Modestiam tuam noveram non appetere principatum ...", expl. "... quia in perniciem imperii non pergis autore Plutarcho. Vale. etc." (Boese, Die lateinischen Handschriften..., 127). f. 133v-134, Plutarchus, Pirro , extract, Latin trans. by Leonardo Bruni , title "C. Fabricius et Q. Emilius consules Pirrho regi salutem", inc. "Neque amicorum neque hostium ...", expl. "... te superare dolo contendisse" (L. Bertalot, "Uno zibaldone umanistico latino del Quattrocento a Parma", Bibliofilia, 38 [1936], 78-79, reprinted in Bertalot, Studien zum italienischen und deutschen Humanismus, II [Roma, 1975], 248-49; see also G. Donzelino, Epistolae rerum publicarum ac sapientum virorum [Venetiis, 1574], 205). f. 134, "Explicit expliciat qui vult plus scribere scribat. Qui scripsit scripta sua dextera sit benedicta". f. 134, written in another contemporary cursive script, title "Epistola collecta a Iosapho (sic) in libro suo XIIIIvo istoriarum antiquarum", inc. "Fuit temporibus predictis sapiens vir ...", expl. "... et nomen perseverat et gens, hec Iosaphus (sic)".
ff. 134v-135v, blank.
2nd. f.: procreatricem
ORIGIN
Written in Medicina, Italy, in 1458, by Petrus Suuilden of Liège for Antonio Campanacci of Bologna whose arms appear on f. 1 (azure, three bells argent), see the colophon on f. 127, "Scripti per me Petrum Suuilden Leodiensis dyocesis anno a nativitate Domini MCCCCoLVIIIo, tempore potestarie venerabilis ac egregii viri domini Antonii de Campanatiis iuris civilis doctoris famosissimi tunc temporis comunis Medicine potestatis clarissimi"; see reference to Antonio Campanacci, jurisconsult of Bologna in 1443, in C. Chevalier, Répertoire des sources historiques du moyen âge, bio-bibliographie, 1 (Paris, 1905), col. 762.
PROVENANCE
Samuel Allen sale, 1920, no. 43, to Quaritch; Grenville Kane; ms. bought in 1946.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 81; De Ricci, p. 1894, no. 30 (when the manuscript belonged to Grenville Kane).

Abbreviations
De Ricci
De Ricci, S. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols. New York, 1935-40.
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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