Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, YOUNG RESEARCH LIBRARY

Ms. 170/589

Paper, ff. 105, contemporary foliation numbered 2-91 and (in another slightly later hand) 94-106, 200 × 140 mm., 18 (-1st) 2-68 74 810 (+1st) 94 1010 (+11th) 114 128 (+9th) 132 (blank folios added later) 142 1510 (+11th), the last folio is mounted on a free flyleaf, many folios are reinforced with parchment (from a 14thߚcentury manuscript, gothic book hand) or paper stubs, damp-stained, and the last 13 folios are frayed and wormed, plain horizontal catchwords, 24-26 lines of verse per page, written by Antonius Marianicus Sulmontius, in an Italian book hand with mercantesca influence. Decoration: spaces for 4 and 5ߚline initials have been left blank; headings and colophon in red, letters are highlighted in red and violet. Binding, 18thߚcentury mottled calf with gilt spine, in a worn condition. ff. 49v-51v, Giovanni Quatrario, Poem on the death of Petrarch , title "Incipit carmen funereum de morte domini Francisci Petrarce per Iohannem Barbatum",1 inc. "[H]ei mihi Parnasi refremunt cur fletibus antra ...", expl. "... istius in cuntis floret Capitolia laurus" (G. Pansa, Giovanni Quatrario di Sulmona [Sulmona, 1912], 333-38; all of the other texts in the manuscript are published in the same volume). At the end of the poem is a note, "In ins[ula] Sicil[ie...], Augusti 1374... Ind. X...". Ms. also contains the only extant copy of Giovanni Quatrario’s Latin poetry: ff. 2-19 (f. 1 is lacking but was probably blank), Giovanni Quatrario, Eclogues , title "Iohannis Barbati Peligni Sulmontini poete Buccolici carminis liber incipit; Preambulum ad Eglogas", inc. "[S]orgia Cirreos saltus Nisamque canentem ... Cunta potes, silvis memini te pergere gratis", ff. 2-4v, "Egloge prime, titulus Columma (sic), colloquutores Menalcas, Arrius, Tirsis et Damnis", inc. "[A]rrius in silvis iuvenis seniorque Menalcas ... Hinc rediit voti compos regnatque Menalcas"; ff. 4v-7, "Columma (sic) explicit. Egloge secunde colloquutores sunt Puer et Senes", inc. "Puer — [H]eus iuvenes nivei crescat tibi copia lactis ... Surge, veni, propera, iam fulget vesper olimpo"; ff. 7-9v, "Egloga 2a explicit. Egloge tertie colloquutores Scordalus et Philortia", inc. "Scordialus — [N]unc mea te linquam rapidus Philortia silvis ... Alter in alterius semper stet pectore distans"; ff. 9v-12v, "Egloga 3a explicit. Egloge quarte titulus Suspitio, colloquutores Coridon et Alexis", inc. "[F]orte suum coridon celsum commitatur Alexim ... Aurea quos timidos morborum palla levavit", (added note: "In palla aurea 1375, die 25 Iunii, Ind. XIII"); ff. 12v-17, "Egloga 4a Suspitio explicit. Egloge quinte titulus Consilium, colloquutores Ageus et Baldasus", inc. "Ageus — [O] michi si quisquam cum sit formosus Apollo ... Plurima Silvani tueamur carmina scuto"; ff. 17-19, "Consilium explicit. Egloge sexte titulus est Grex oppressus, colloquutores Aber et Barreus", inc. "[P]astorum litem referamus noctis anhelam ...", expl. "... Lucifer ecce meos capit aurorare labores. Iohannis Barbati Peligni de Sulmona poete Buccolicorum liber explicit" (the last text is heavily annotated).
f. 19v, blank.
ff. 20-30v, Giovanni Quatrario, Odes , title "Iohannis Barbati Peligni Sulmontini viri illustris odule incipiunt ad Ugonem Ursinum de dubio discessu pape Urbani Vti de Italia et mundi votis disparibus. Metrum quale illud Oratii: ‘Mecenas atavis’. Hipotetice et personaliter", inc. "[P]astorem revehet Nereus arbiter ... Ignari; melius Iuppiter eligit", ff. 20v-21, "Ad Caliopem. Metrum quale illud: ‘Iam satis terris’. Proseutice". inc. "[C]autius plectro feriam fidesque ... Posse negetur"; ff. 21-22, "Ad amicum cui persuadet desideria reponi debere in Dei voluntate. Carmen quale illud est: ‘Sic te diva potens’. Paranetice". inc. "[R]aro pectoribus datur ...Ipsum quod peragunt ledere sat nefas"; 22rv, "Persuasio spiritus ad corpus ut, spretis mundi angustiis, licterate se queti reddat. Metrum quale illud: ‘Solvitur acris hiems’. Pragmatice". inc. "[S]piritus ipse loquor, si tu paciens tacebis hospes ... Non hospes, ergo punias nocentem"; ff. 22v-23, "Ad prepotentes in patria ne malis moribus deum turbent. Metrum quale illud: ‘Quis multa gracilis’. Proseutice". inc. "Quisquis percelebris cernitur oppido ... Qui dant prospera termino"; ff. 23-24, "Responsorium ad populum qui tantum lucris inhiat spernendo vacantes poesi. Metrum quale illud: ‘Scriberis vario’. Lechitice". inc. "[R]esponsum dabitis carmina singulis ... Pandet vulturibus iecur"; ff. 24-25, "Ad iuventam ut mores corrigat ob circumvagantem epithimiam. Metrum quale illud: ‘Laudabunt alii’. Pragmatice". "[O]lim bis senos implebam temporis annos ... Devictus precibus fraternis"; f. 25, "Ad sotium dolentem verberibus cuiusdam nobilis iuvenis. Metrum quale illud: ‘Lidia dic per omnes’. Simboletice". inc. "[C]um gemitu locutus ... Cerberum pascat rabide pastibus elatrantem"; f. 25v, "Ad senem ne doleat vicinitate mortis. Metrum quale illud: ‘Vides ut alta’. Paranetice". inc. "Hiems comatas decutit arbores ... Astra petenda sibi Iovemque"; ff. 25v-26, "Ad amicum nimis curantem de futuris. Metrum quale illud: ‘Tu ne quesieris’. Lechitice". inc. "[S]i nostrum minus est tempore tanto tibi congnitum ... Si plus queris avens noscere, non ipse quid es scies"; f. 26rv, "Ad socium amantem iuniorem se, et argumentis pluribus desperantem. Metrum quale illud: ‘Non ebur, neque aureum’. Ypotetice". inc. "[I]ctus ab deo aurea ... Lucro fuit multis, nec esse primos"; ff. 26v-27, "Ad quamdam senectute invasam meretriceque viventem. Metrum quale illud: ‘Miserarum est’. Lechitice". inc. "[Q]uereris Pilla vetus respiciendo ... Aurea stares"; f. 27rv, "Quare corrigendi sunt appropinquantes senectuti ante ipsius aggressum. Metrum quale illud: ‘Diffugere nives’. Prophonetice". inc. "[I]am niveus nigris dominatur vertice villus ... Puppe mari rueras"; f. 27v-28, "Ad scrineolum ne doleat quod non gazis ut condam sed cartulis plenum sit. Metrum quale illud in Oratii in Epodo: ‘Ibis liburnis’. Simboletice". inc. "[Q]uadrate scrineole, picte vividis ... Non obsto, condam forte erit"; f. 28rv, "Ad Minervam ut tueatur quamdam matronam a susurrantium infamia, solo mutuo dilectam intuitu. Metrum quale illud: ‘Pecti nichil’. Herotice". inc. "[R]egina partus creticque verticis ... Ipolitum, miserum quid me ergo tu Minos nigras?"; ff. 28v-29, "Casus stabularis domus ob nivem et ad eamdem colloquium. Metrum quale illud: ‘Horrida tempestas’. Pragmatice". inc. "[A]tque solent campis castris collidere castra ... In sex quaternis solibus funera bis pateris"; ff. 29rv, "Ad sotium quomodo frequentandum est studium. Metrum quale illud: ‘Mollis inertia’. Lechitice". inc. "[N]ulla dies taciturna mee mihi conteret evum ... Testudo sedens musitat"; ff. 29v-30, "De rapacitate huius seculi et malorum vicissitudine. Metrum quale illud: ‘Altera iam teritur’. Prophonetice". inc. "[H]oc genus, hoc mundi Arpias superare rapinis ... Te pinguior risus vicissim concutet"; f. 30rv, "Ad Flaccum quod benigno auditore opus est et quod spe laudis iam dicta in melius reformantur. Metrum quale illud: ‘Iam, iam efficaci’. Ypotetice". inc. "[T]am litoris linter premit confinia ...", expl. "... Chorea clausis concinens puellulis. Iohannis Barbati Peligni Sulmonensis illustris poete Odularum libellus explicit singularum singulis metrorum generibus constitutarum, feliciter". ff. 31-49, Giovanni Quatrario, Poems , title "Iohannis Barbati Pelignensis de Sulmona poete optimi et illustris prosopopeie mori opusculum incipit", inc. "[S]urcule sat properas cibelis de sede quieta ... Tu refugis, tendas, verba loquutus amat. Prosopopeia mori domini Iohannis Barbati Peligni poete de Sulmona explicit"; ff. 34-37v, "Domini Iohannis Barbati Peligni Sulmontini vatis illustrissimi Carmen maternum incipit". inc. "[H]ei mihi, nam genitrix morum doctrina sacrorum ... Torridus a Phebo celtius ibit olor. Iohannis Barbati Peligni Sulmonensis poete clari, Carmen maternum explicit"; ff. 38-49, "Domini Iohannis Barbati Peligni de Sulmona carmen cuiusdam venationis facte per Iohannem de Ursinis Manupelli comitem incipit". inc. "[F]estus in orbe dies summo celebrandus honore ... Qui sibi vicinis cupitis bene degere terris. Venationis carmen explicit domini Iohannis Barbati Peligni Sulmontini poete". ff. 52-91v, Giovanni Quatrario, Bursa exilii , title "Iohannis Barbati Sulmontini vel Pelignensis poete clari atque illustris libellus qui dicitur Bursa exilii. Incipit Nicolao de Ursinis comiti Nolano domino magnanimo liber primus", inc. (Lib. I) "[O] decus Ursini celebrabile sanguinis ampli (the first book contains works addressed to Meo de Aristotile, Giovanni Orsini, conte di Manoppello, Carlo III di Durazzo [king of Sicily], the children of Angelo di Ravello, Francesco da Fiano, Cosma fiorentino, Landolfo and Guglielmo Maramaldo and Nicola arciprete di Manoppello, ending with an eightߚline epitaph) ... Ad loca transvexit, cuntos sacra regula quorum. Burse exilii, liber primus explicit Iohannis Barbati Peligni de Sulmone (sic) viri clari"; ff. 65v-77, (Lib. II) "Domini Iohannis Barbati Peligni de Sulmona poete optimi Burse exilii liber secundus incipit Ugolino de Ursinis viro magnifico", inc. "[H]actenus Ugo meum rerum decus, omnibus altus (the second book is dedicated to Ugolino Orsini and the works are addressed to Iacobo de Piczignis [= Giacomo Pizzinga] di Palermo, Landolfo Maramaldo cardinal of Bari, Maestro Paolo di Sant’Angelo in Roma, Guglielmo Altavilla di Capua archbishop of Salerno, an anonymous person, fra Simone da Firenze dell’ ordine de’ predicatori, Neptuno, cardinal Tommaso Orsini of Manoppello, and an anonymous person) ... Ex herebo numquam prosilit usque iubar"; ff. 77v-91v, (Lib. III) "Iohannis Barbati Peligni Sulmontini poete illustris Burse exilii liber secundus explicit. Eiusdem Burse exilii liber tertius incipit domino Francisco de Aquino comiti Laureti domino magnifico", inc. "[C]ommendare iuvat tibi me, Francisce, beatis (the works are addressed to Conte di Loreto Francesco d’Aquino, Francesco da Fiano, C.L.I.O., Antonio Freducci di Sulmona, an anonymous person, Antonio da Penne secretary to the Pope, Francesco da Lancenigo also a secretary and Buccio di Cansano di Sulmona) ...", expl. "... Noster sceptra tenet Gallicus ense petit. Burse exilii libellus tertius ymo totus liber explicit feliciter Iohannis Barbati Peligni de Sulmona poete optimi".
ff. 92-93v, blank folios which have been inserted later.
ff. 94-95v, Giovanni Quatrario, Epitaphs : f. 94, Epitaph for Francesco d’Aquino , title "Francisci de Aquino comitis Laureati epitaphium per dominum Iohannem [erasure] Pelignum de Sulmona poetam", inc. "[L]audibus insignis iacet hic Franciscus Aquinas ...", expl. "... Hostica gallorum vinci quando agmina discunt". f. 94, Epitaph for Lapo da Castiglionchio , title "Lapi de Castiglionchio epithaphion", inc. "O videas quisquis gaudes virtute reperta ...", expl. "... Ubaldinus in hoc posuit bene marmore fixo". f. 94, Elegiac poem for death of Lapo da Castiglionchio , title "Eiusdem Lapi aliud elegiace", inc. "Quisquis es ante means scriptum precor aspice marmor ...", expl. "... Ubaldinus in hoc composuit tumulto". f. 94rv, Elegiac poem for the death of Carlo III of Durazzo , title "De morte regis Karoli tertii Sicilie regni regis", inc. "Proth deus ut subitis labuntur celsa ruinis ...", expl. "... Furveat iratum promeritura deum". f. 94v, Elegiac poem for the death of the prefect of Vico , title "De morte prefecti", inc. "Corrige prefecti te cede tirande tiranni ...", expl. "... Ipsius ossa cruor membraque sparsa iacent". f. 94v, Epitaph , title "Epitaphium C", inc. "Ingnis (sic) Aprutinus furiarum fotus olivo ..."; expl. "... Scribitur indictus, gaudent hoc trenara misso". f. 94v, Verses untitled, inc. "Nam bona rara bonis sociat Randusia sese ...", expl. "... Vivere quam torvo respiciente Deo". f. 95, Giovanni Quatrario, Heroic poem in honor of Carlo III di Durazzo , inc. "[H]actenus in triplici deduxi parte iuventam ..., expl. "... Cogitat et mundo frontem memorare vetustam". f. 95v, Giovanni Quatrario, Epigram dedicated to Luca da Penne , title "Domino Luce de civitate Penniensi legum doctori cui missa fuit Egloga sexta Buccolici carminis cuius titulus est ‘Grex oppressus’ qui incipit ‘Pastorum litem’, etc.", inc. "Hanc tibi vir nostro nimium sapientior evo ...", expl. "... Quos precibus peterm clausit at ora pudor" (see ff. 17-19 above). ff. 96-106, Anonymous fragments written in a later humanistic hand, inc. "[D]as mihi quod latos herbarum fundis odores ...Et rude donato premia digna dabunt. Finis"; f. 97rv, "[H]inc fluit ac illinc rauco cum murmure rivus ... Sic mihi letitia gratior omnis erit. Finis"; ff. 98-99v; "[S]iste precor cupidis animae pars altera nostrae ... Nil deerit tamen, dulcis amice. Vale. Telos, finis"; f. 99v, "[S]ane meos somnus premeret quod dulcis ocellos ... Tu tibi ne pectus foderit ille vide. Telos, finis"; ff. 100-102v, "[Q]uae mihi Pierides persolvere grata solebant ... Spiritus hic modo sum Cassia quem genuit. Telos, finis"; f. 102v, "Marsia quom risu trepidant sua labia benigno ... Tum cum cristallo mis ... Telos"; f. 103, "[Q]uom dare cultori per munere vina Catallus ... I, nunc insiadias sors mala tende tuas. Finis"; ff. 103-104, "... est virtus superat que munera mundi ... Et referet palmam grataque dona simul. Telos"; ff. 104-105, "Qui me facturum disti (sic) nova carmina dudum ... Musa vale et nostram comrime quaeso liram. Telos"; ff. 105-106, "... dem votis repetite tuorum ...", expl. "... Nam mihi ni fueris non pater ullus erit. Telos".
2nd. f.: (f. 3) claudeque
ORIGIN
Written in Sulmona, Italy, in 1440 by Antonius Marianicus Sulmontinus, as per the colophon on f. 91v, "Manu mea Antonii Marianici Sulmontini scriptus, anno Domini MCCCCXXXXo".2
PROVENANCE
Owned by the convent of the brothers minor of S. Niccolò, Sulmona; see C. Cenci, "Libri manoscritti già in S. Niccolò di Sulmona" in Bullettino abruzzese di storia patria, 80 (1980), 340, 359-61, and 365; owned in the early twentieth century by the baron Gennaro Sardi of Sulmona, but the manuscript had been missing from the 1940s until it was acquired by U.C.L.A. from H. P. Kraus in 1984.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
G. Pansa, Giovanni Quatrario di Sulmona (1336-1402). Contributo alla storia dell’umanesimo (Sulmona, 1912), with a complete edition of all the texts in the manuscript and two plates of ff. 20 and 93v. See also F. Torraca, Giovanni Quatrario da Sulmona e il suo recente biografo, "Archivio storico per le province napoletane" XXXVII (1912), 516-52; and Pansa, Giovanni Quatrario di Sulmona e il suo recente biografo, Teramo 1913. G. Papponetti, "Intellectuali e circolazione libraria in Sulmona fra Medioevo e Rinascimento," in Atti del Convegno su Cultura umanistica nel Meridione e la stampa in Abruzzo, L’Aquila, 12-14 novembre 1982 (L’Aquila, 1984), 259-307; the present manuscript, whose whereabouts is unknown by Papponetti, is mentioned on p. 183, footnote 57.

Notes
1. The name Barbatus was added later to this poem and to many others in the manuscript, leading to the false attribution of authorship to Giovanni Barbato; see the discussion by G. Pansa in Giovanni Quatrario di Sulmona, p. 2, footnote 1.
2. A. Campana has identified another manuscript, Vatican Library, Vat. Borgiano 329 , which was copied by the same scribe; see Campana’s entry on Barbato da Sulmona in Dizionario biografico italiano, VI (1964), 133. For a description and discussion about the Vatican Library manuscript as well as the publication of some texts in it, see M. Vattasso, Del Petrarca e di alcuni suoi amici (Roma, 1904).

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