Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LIBRARY, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Ms. 706-V

Paper (Unicorn not in Briquet), ff. I (modern paper) + I (contemporary parchment) + I-X (contemporary paper) + 166 + I (modern paper), contemporary foliation in Arabic numerals, 284 × 180 (124 × 95) mm., 32 verses per page, preliminary folios numbered I-X form a quire of 10 folios, 1-1610 176, with reinforcing parchment strips, plain horizontal catchwords, ruled in lead (vertical lines) and in ink (horizontal lines), written by Iacobus de Godis, humanistic script. Decoration: f. 1, a 5ߚline purple initial (white highlighting) on a gold rectangular frame outlined in black with cusps, also in frame is a blue interlace design with ink floral decoration in the margin, intertwining vines, flowers in green, red, blue and gold; on the lower margin is a coast of arms within a green wreath with red pen scrolls emanating from it; f. 33, 4ߚline purple initial (white highlighting) on a gold frame similar to f. 1 (but without cusps), green interlacing and three gold and ink decorations in the margin; f. 108, 4ߚline blue initial on gold frame (no cusps) with purple interlacing and two gold and ink decorations in margin; the Triumphi and the canzoni begin with 2ߚline blue initials (not filled in on ff. 150-157); the strophes, quartine and terzine are in a display script and placed outside the written space; the three sonnets against the Avignon Papal court (Rerum vulg. fragm., 136-138) have been cancelled on ff. 54v, 57v-58. Binding: half calf, brown marbled paper on paper boards (De Ricci: "XVIIIth c. Venetian olive half-mor."), a leather label on spine with gold letters "Gunsaulus Collection" and "Petrarca sonetti mss.". ff. 1-32, Petrarch, Triumphi , inc., (Tr. mort. II) "La note che seguì l’orribel caso ... Tu starai in tera senza me gran tempo"; ff. 4-6v, (fragment of Tr. fam. I) "Nel cor pien d’amarissema dolceza ... Poi a la fine vidi Artur e Carllo"; ff. 6v-9, (Tr. cup. I) "Nal (sic) tempo che rinuova i mie sospiri ... Vien chatenato Iove inanci al caro"; ff. 9-11v, (Tr. cup. II) "Stanco già di mirar non saggio ancora ... Et d’un pomo befata al fin Cidippe"; ff. 11v-14v, (Tr. cup. III) "Era sì pieno il cor di meraveglie ... Et quale el miel temprato con l’asentio"; ff. 14v-17, (Tr. cup. IV) "Poscia che mia fortuna in forza altrui ... Che ’l pie’ va ’nanci et l’ochio torna adietro"; ff. 17-18v, (Tr. pud.) "Quando vidi in un tempo et in un luogo ... et di ogni suo baldanza ignudo e charco / Cotal veder mi parve s’io non ero"; ff. 18v-21, (Tr. mort. I) "Quella legiadra et gloriosa dona ... Morte bela parea nel suo bel viso"; ff. 21-23, (Tr. fam. I) "Da po che morte triumphar solea ... kome advien a chi virtù relinque"; ff. 23 - 25v, (Tr. fam. II) "Pien d’infinita et nobil miraveglia ... Magnanimo gentil constante e largo"; ff. 25v-27v, (Tr. fam. III) "Io non sapea di tal vista levarme ... Che tira al vero la vaga opinione / Qui basti et più de lui non scrivo avante"; ff. 27v-30, (Tr. temp.) "Ne l’aureo albergo con l’aurora inanci ... Kussì il tempo triumpha i nomi e ’l mondo", ff. 30-32, (Tr. et.) "Da po che soto il ciel cossa non vidi ...", expl. "... Or che fia adoncha a rivederla in cielo. Finis. Francisci Petrarce laureati poete triumphus XIII et ultimus explicit". ff. 33-107, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , sonnets, inc. "Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse il suono ...", (nos. 1-10, 12-21, 24-27, 31-36, 38-49, 51, 56-58, 60-65, 67-69, 74-79, 81-104, 107-118, 120, 122-124, 130-134, 136-141, 143-148, 150-205, 208-213, 215-236, 238, 240-263, 265-267, 269, 271-322, 326-330, 333-339, 342, 340, 350, 355, 341, 343, 356, 344-349, 357, 358, 361-363, 351-354, 364, 365), expl. "... tu sa’ ben che ’n altrui non ho speranza. Finis. Francisci Petrarce laureati poete sonetus amenissimi finiunt".
f. 107v, ruled but blank.
ff. 108-162, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , poems other than sonnets, inc. (no. 22) "A qualunque animal alberga in terra ...", (nos. 22, 23, 28-30, 37, 50, 52-55, 59, 66, 70-73, 80, 105, 106, 119, 121, 125-129, 135, 142, 206, 207, 214, 237, 239, 264, 268, 270, 323-325, 331, 332, 359, 360, 11, 149, "Quel che nostra natura in sé più degno" [Solerti, Rime disperse, no. CXXVII, pp. 191-95; cfr. Rime disperse, no. 29, a cura di N. Sapegno, in Rime, Trionfi e poesie latine , 619-24], 366), expl. "... Ch’accolga ’l mi’ spirito ultimo in pace. Francisci Petrarcae laureati poete devotissima laus eiusque cantilene suaves expliciunt". f. 162, Petrarch, Rime disperse , no. XI, title "Sonecto de misser Francesco Petrarca", inc. "Nova beleza in habito gentile ...", expl. "... humel amante vince donna altiera. Finis" (Solerti, Rime disperse, p. 79-80, no. XI). f. 162v, Petrarch, Nota de Laura , inc. "Laura propriis virtutibus ...", expl. "... exitus acriter ac viriliter cogitanti. Poete laureati Francisci Petrarce ratiocinatio talis esse asseritur. Et sic finis". (Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme, II, 286-87).
ff. 163-166v, ruled but blank.
The preliminary folios contain the following material: The first front flyleaf is blank.
The second front flyleaf is an unnumbered contemporary parchment folio containing severely rubbed notes from the 15th century on the recto and an index of the Triumphi on the verso.
f. I recto, Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , LXXVI, vv. 1-4, "Amor con [.] llusingando ... Ch’anchor me et me stteso non [.]ando". f. I recto, Martial, Epigrammata , VI, 20, title "E. M. C. E. Ad Febum", inc. "Mutua te centum sestercia, Phoebe, rogavi ...", expl. "... Teque decem crucias: iam rogo, Phoebe, nega" (M. V. Martialis Epigrammaton libri, ed. W. Heraeus [Leipzig, 1976], 132). f. I recto, Martial, Epigrammata , VI, 23, title "Ad Lesbiam", inc. "Stare iubes senper nostrum ti, Lesbia, pepenem ...", expl. "... Contra te facies inproprioxa tua est" (M. V. Martialis, Epigrammaton libri, ed. Heraeus, 132).
f. I verso, ruled but blank.
ff. II-IV, Index of Triumphi, the sonnets and other poems of the Rerum vulg. fragm. and the Rime disperse, in a 15thߚcent. mercantesca script and continued in a cursive.
f. IV verso - X verso, ruled but blank.
2nd f. (f. 2): che amo
ORIGIN
Written in Italy by Iacobus de Godis, dated 1450, see f. 162v, "Et ego Iacobus de Godis scripsi. MCCCCL".
PROVENANCE
An unidentified arms appears on f. 1, barry of 6 argent and azure, a chief or; owned by the future cardinal Pietro Foscari in ca. 1470; Camaldulenses of San Michele, Murano in s. XVIII (Mittarelli, Bibl. codd. mss. monast. S. Michaelis Venetiarum [1779], no. 61); owned by Richard Heber (1773-1833), his sale by Evans, 10 February 1836, lot 1302, to Sir Thomas Phillipps; Phillipps Ms. 8289 ; Phillipps sale, Sotheby, 24 April 1911, lot 810; from Rev. Frank Gunsaulus (Chicago theologian and book collector, 1856-1921). Formerly PQ 4476 AL 1450=513577 .
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ullman, no. 22; De Ricci, p. 596, no. 706; Wilkins, no. 3; Jasenas, p. 25, no. 4. J.W. Bradley, A Dictionary of Miniaturists, Illuminators, Calligraphers and Copyists, II (London, 1888), 49. Dutschke, Census, no. 36, pp. 109-112.

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.
Dutschke, Census
Dutschke, D. Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States, Padova, 1986.
Jasenas
Jasenas, M. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts. New York and Washington, D. C., 1974.
Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme
De Nolhac, P. Pétrarque et l’humanisme. 2 vols. Paris, 1907 (reprinted in 1965).
Rime disperse:
Rime disperse di Francesco Petrarca o a lui attribuite, per la prima volta raccolte a cura di A. Solerti. Firenze, 1909.
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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