Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


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Ms. 133

Paper (Winged biped, similar to Briquet 2664, Verona 1425-33), fragment of ff. 7 (not foliated) which has been taken from another ms., 185 × 120 (150 × 80-90) mm., 29 long lines per page, fragment of two quires (I—fols 1-2; II—fols 3-6), gutter has remnants of binding strings and parch. reinforcing strip, plain horizontal catchword on f. 2r, unruled, written by one person in a humanistic semi-cursive script. Decoration: title and rubrics in red ink. Unbound. f. 1r, blank.
ff. 1v-7r, Sicco Polenton,1 Vita Petrarce 2, title "F. P. poete clarissimi vita feliciter incipit", inc. "Franciscus Petrarcha florentinus fuit exul nanque patria natus est cuius pater Petrus Petracon mater Leta appellati sunt …" (a bifolium is missing, with loss of text corresponding to Ullman ed., p. 132, line 34 – p. 135, line 15), expl. "… id tamen est suo ingenio ac diligentia assecutus quod istis in studiis et sui et superioris temporis omnes ad multos annos quovis dicendi in genere superavit. Finis" (Sicconis Polentoni scriptorum illustrium latinae linguae libri XVIII, edited by B. L. Ullman, Papers and Monographs of the American Academy in Rome [Rome, 1928], vol. VI, 130-139; Solerti, Le vite, 320-326). The text is presented as a separate piece, and not as the last entry in Sicco Polenton’s Epithoma in vitas scriptorium illustrium latinae linguae (as was originally the case when the Epithoma was composed in 1437), thus suggesting that it followed another text, perhaps a Petrarch manuscript similar to Oxford, Bodleian Library, Canon. Ital. 70 , Bodleian Library, Canon. Ital. 73 , and Venice, Marciana, lat. cl. IX, 53 , all of which share the same incipit and explicit for the Vita Petrarce as Ms. 133, and all of which also contain Petrarch’s Rerum vulg. fragm. and Triumphi .3
f. 6v (as part of Vita Petrarce text), Epytaphium Francisci Petrarce , "Frigida Francisci hic tegit ossa Petrarce/ Suscipe virgo parens animam sate virgine parce/ Fessaque iam terris celi requiescat in arce" (Solerti, Le vite, 326). f. 7v, (sonnet added in s. XVI), Maurice Scève, Italian sonnet commemorating Laura de Sade, title "Questo è il sonetto ritrovato nel sepulchro di Madonna Laura, in questo modo", inc. "Qui riposa quei caste et felice ossa/ di quella alma gentile e sola in terra …", expl. "… ciascun preghi il Signor t’accetti in pace." (Solerti, Le vite, 626 [Iacopo Filippo Tomasini: Petrarcha redivivus], cfr. 488; V.-L. Saulnier, Maurice Scève [ca. 1500-1560], [Paris, 1948], vol. 1, 43-44). Sonnet is followed by the note, in another contemporary hand, "Copiato il presente sonetto per l’ordene di M[…]."
ORIGIN
Northeastern Italy, s. XV2.
PROVENANCE
Purchased from B. M. Rosenthal in 1990.

Notes
1. Son of Bartolomeo Rizzi, born in Levico, Valsugana, in 1375-76, and died in Padua in 1447. In 1437 he wrote the Epithoma in vitas scriptorium illustrium latinae linguae, of which the Vita Petrarce constituted the last entry (in Book 18) of what is considered to be the first history of Latin literature.
2. Ms. 133 is the only manuscript in the United States which contains the Vita Petrarce by Sicco Polenton.
3. The Vita Petrarce in these manuscripts begins and ends differently from the Ullman edition: inc. "Sed ad propositum revertamur. Adest nanque memorandus hoc in ordine poetarum Franciscus Petrarca. Conterraneum ipsum ac prope contemporaneum habuit quem nominavi Dantes. Pubescebat enim Petrarca nec annos plures septem ac decem agebat cum mortem Dantes obiret. Vitam in exilio etiam iste duxit. Exul nanque hic natus, ille mortuus est; Florentiae vero civis uterque. Huius pater nomine Petrus Petracon, mater Leta appellati sunt …", expl. "… id tamen est suo ingenio ac diligentia assecutus quod istis in studiis et sui et superioris temporis omnes ad multos annos quovis dicendi in genere superavit" (Ullman, 130 and 139). The text is followed by the concluding paragraph of the Epithoma: "Haec sunt, mi Polydore fili, quae habui nostrum ad institutum ut dicerem de Petrarca ac caeteris qui poetae sunt principali studio appellati. Deinceps vero ad eos quibus soluta magis oratio placuit, sed primum ad historicos, quod sint poetis vicini atque sororii, veniemus" (Ullman, 139). In Solerti, Le vite, the incipit (except for the missing beginning words: "Sed ad propositum revertamur") and the explicit are the same as the Ullman edition.

Abbreviations
Briquet
Briquet, C.M. Les Filigranes, facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson. 4 vols. Amsterdam, 1968.
Solerti, Le vite
Solerti, A. Le vite di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio scritte fino al secolo decimosesto ... Milano, 1904.

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