Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


1. First published in Modern Philology, XLV (1947), 23-35, with a list of 28 manuscripts, and later updated with the addition of three more manuscripts and with the same title in The Making of the "Canzoniere" and Other Petrarchan Studies (Rome, 1951), 205-26. With their present Census number, the 31 manuscripts listed by Wilkins are: 1, 4-6, 16, 19, 20, 36, 42-48, 55, 86, 89, 91, 93, 94, 96, 98, 111, 120-122, 125, 129-131. 2. Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States (Censimento dei codici petrarcheschi, 1) (Padova, 1964), and also in Italia medioevale e umanistica, V (1962), 443-475. The manuscript numbers are: 8, 17, 18, 22, 24, 26, 61, 71, 75, 132. 3. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts (New York - Washington, D. C., 1974), 5-6. The manuscript numbers are: 56 and 82. 4. The manuscript numbers are: 63, 64 and 127. 5. In Italia medioevale e umanistica, V (1962), 443. 6. All the census catalogues, which were issued under separate cover, were also published in Italia medioevale e umanistica: E. Pellegrin, "Manuscrits de Pétrarque dans les bibliothèques de France", IMU, IV (1961), 341-431, VI (1963), 271-364, VII (1964), 405-522, and "Manuscrits de Pétrarque à la Bibliothèque Vaticane. Supplément au catalogue de Vattasso", IMU, XVIII (1975), 73-138, XIX (1976), 493-97; O. Besomi, "Codici petrarcheschi nelle biblioteche svizzere", IMU, VIII (1965), 369-429; A. Sottili, "I codici del Petrarca nella Germania Occidentale", IMU, X (1967), 411-91, XI (1968), 345-448, XII (1969), 335-476, XIII (1970), 281-467, XIV, (1971), 313-402, XV (1972), 361-423, XVIII (1975), 1-72, XIX (1976), 429-92, and the indices in XX (1977), 413-94; N. Mann, "Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles", IMU, XVIII (1975), 139-527; S. Zamponi, I manoscritti petrarcheschi della Biblioteca Civica di Trieste. Storia e Catalogo. 1984, pp. VIII-187. See also Giuseppe Billanovich’s article on the project: "Il censimento dei codici petrarcheschi", in Il Petrarca ad Arquà: Atti del convegno di studi nel VI centenario (1370-74), Arquà Petrarca, 6-8 novembre 1970 (Padova, 1975), 271-4; and also in the same volume, O. Besomi, "Altri codici Petrarcheschi nelle biblioteche svizzere", 275-77, and E. Pellegrin, "Manuscrits de Pétrarque dans les bibliothèques de France, Supplement", 291-92. 7. The twenty manuscripts are: nos. 2, 7, 10, 11, 15, 25, 31, 34, 59, 62, 63, 64, 65, 68, 81, 101, 105, 117, 118, 119. 8. Manuscripts written in incunables and early printed books are: nos. 15, 115 and 119. For the present time, these few examples must serve as a modest beginning for a future census of annotated Petrarch incunables and early printed books; cfr. G. Frasso, "Per un censimento di incunaboli e cinquecentine postillate dei Rer. vulg. fragm. e dei Triumphi", Aevum, LVI (1982), 253-62. 1.Two manuscripts with decoration attributed to Jorges Inglés are quite similar to Parsons 5: Madrid, Madrid National Library, Vit. 17-2 , f. 1, Plato Phaedo and other treatises (see J. Domínguez Bordona, Spanish Illumination [Firenze, 1939], pl. 121; Cambridge, Mass., Harvard College Library Ms. Typ. 195H , f. 1, Aegidius Colonna De regimine principum (see Illuminated and Calligraphic Manuscripts: An Exhibition [Cambridge, Mass., 1955], p. 23, pl. 74). Each contains distinctive vinework, bearded figures holding a horn and angels supporting the arms. 2. Walters Art Gallery, The History of Bookbinding 525-1950 A.D.: An Exhibition (Baltimore, 1957), p. 58, no. 135, pl. XXXV; E. P. Goldschmidt, Gothic and Renaissance Bookbindings (Amsterdam, 1967), 138-9; Goldschimidt also notes that the helmets are known to be also the badges of the Meneses family of Andalusia. See also: Exposición de la Biblioteca de los Mendoza del Infantado en el siglo XV, con motivo ... de la celebraciòn del V centenario de la muerte de don Inigo López de Mendoza, Marqués de Santillana (Madrid, 1958). The present manuscript is not indentifiable with any of those listed in M. Schiff, La Bibliothèque du M. de Santillane (Paris, 1905). 1. Alexander and de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts, p. 48, pl. XIX (note the pronounced serifs on the ascenders and descenders of W. 409 which are absent from J. A. 3200, a manuscript written by the same scribe). Nicolaus Riccius Spinosus is also the scribe of Cornell University Library, Mss Bd. Petrarch P P49 R512+ (Census, no. 44). This ms. is no. 20 and the Cornell ms. is no. 22 in Albinia de la Mare, "New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence," in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento 1440-1525. Un primo censimento, a cura di A. Garzelli, I, Florence, Giunta Regionale Toscana-La Nuova Italia, 1985, pp. 519-521. 2.See Alexander and de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts, p. 48. 1.A. de la Mare, "New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence," pp. 488-489, no. 8 (Ms. de la Mare cites three manuscripts). 1. I am indebted to Dorothy Miner for the description of the illumination in the ms.; see her article, "Since De Ricci - Western Illuminated Manuscripts Acquired since 1934: A Report in Two Parts", Part 11, Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, XXXII (1969), 99-118, with plates of major illumination. 2. See Alexander and de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts, p. 108. 1. Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz (Munich, 1928), 234. 1. A. de la Mare, "New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence," pp. 553-554, no. 106. 1. The inscription is published, including a discussion of errors in transcription by E. H. Wilkins, The Making of the "Canzoniere" ..., 217. 1. Cfr. B. L. Ullman, The Origin and Development of Humanistic Script (Roma, 1960), pl. 58. 1. A. de la Mare, "New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence," pp. 499-500, no. 28. 1. My thanks to C. Villa for information regarding this manuscript. 1. F. Coppetta Beccuti, Rime, a cura di E. Chiorboli (Bari, 1912), 128. 1. Iohannes Gherinx copied another manuscript in St. Trond four years earlier in 1460, as reported in Catalogus Bibliothecae Musei nationalis Hungarici; Codices Latini medii aevi, recensuit E. Bartoniek (Budapest, 1940), p. 107, no. 117; for four other manuscripts possibly copied by the same scribe, see Bénédictins du Bouveret, Colophons des manuscrits occidentaux des origines au XVIe siècle (Fribourg, 1965-73), nos. 5758 and 9826-9828. 1. The verse is added in the right margin. 1. According to Ullman and De Ricci, the manuscript was owned by Eustachio Confidati, however no evidence in the manuscript supports this assertion; the arms are different. 1. For the poems on ff. 183v-184 and 187-190, see Giusto de’ Conti, Il canzoniere, a cura di L. Vitetti, I-II, Lanciano, Carabba, 1918: ff. 183v-184 = XC (I, p. 99), f. 184 = LXIV (I, p. 83), f. 187 = C (I, p. 106), f. 187rv = CXXXV (II, p. 7), f. 187v = LX (I, p. 79), ff. 187v-188 - LXXI (I, p. 86), f. 188rv - LXXVI (I, p. 92), f. 188v = LXXV (I, p. 92), f. 188v-189 = LXVI (I, p. 84), f. 189rv = CCXIX (II, p. 92), f. 189v - CIV (I, p. 108), ff. 189v-190 - CXXII (I, p. 121), f. 190 = LXXIX (I, p. 94). 2. The selection and arrangement of material match closely those of Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, 1154 , ff. 7-28, as described in Morpurgo, I manoscritti, XV, 178-79; the Riccardiana manuscript, however, contains no Petrarch texts. I thank Susan Noakes for checking Ms. C24 during the initial stages of inquiry. 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). 1. I would like to thank Dr. Thomas Kren and Carla Maria Monti for their assistance. 1. All of the sixteen Porcari orations listed in Morpurgo, I manoscritti, 62-63, for Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, Ms. 1074 (R. III. 12) , are in the present manuscript although in a different order. See also Beinecke Library MS 329 (no. 72 in the present Census) which contains twelve of the Porcari orations and other similar contents. 1. The scribe Carlo di Palla Guidi copied six other manuscripts for Francesco della Foresta: Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Plut. XLI, 22 (written in 1463) and Strozz. XXXII (written in 1449); Firenze, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Magliab., CL. VII, 104 (written in 1461) and Palat. 27 (written in 1457); Oxford, Bodleian Library, Canon. ital. 220 (written in 1484); and Venezia, Biblioteca Marciana, It. V, 10 (written in 1449). Albinia de la Mare, "New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence," p. 491, no. 12. 1. Sixteen Porcari orations are contained in Ms. 1074 [R. III. 12] in the Biblioteca Riccardiana (see Morpurgo, I manoscritti, 62-63), of which twelve appear in Beinecke MS 329; all sixteen orations appear in Beinecke, Marston MS 247 , no. 87 in the present Census. Cfr. Florence, B. N. Palat. 598 . 1. M. Harrsen and G. K. Boyce, Italian Manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library (New York, 1953), p. 42, no. 23. 2. E. Pellegrin, Bibliothèque des Visconti et des Sforza ducs de Milan, Supplément (Florence-Paris, 1969), 42-43. 3. Cfr. L. Gargan, "Libri e biblioteche a Treviso al tempo di Ludovico Barbo", in Riforma della Chiesa, cultura e spiritualità nel Quattrocento veneto ... (Cesena, 1984), 414-15. 4. E. A. Cicogna, Delle inscrizioni veneziane, VI (Venezia, 1853), 109; see also G. M. Malvezzi, "Codice petrarchesco posseduto dal nobile commendatore Emilio de Tipaldo", in Petrarca e Venezia (Venezia, 1874), 177-86. 1. Carl Huter, "Cristoforo Cortese in the Bodleian Library", Apollo (Jan. 1980), 12. Cortese decorated another >Petrarch, Canzoniere , in 1400: London, British Library, King’s MS. 321 . 1. Albinia de la Mare, "New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence," pp. 496-498, no. 24. 1. Lewis European Mss T 188 and T189 were once folios 3 and 7 respectively of Beinecke MS 203 (no. 70 of the present Census). 1. See above, Beinecke MS 203. 1. Lancino Curzio also owned Oxford, Bodleian Library, D’Orville 167 (formerly Auct. X. I. 5. 20); see N. Mann, "Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles", Italia medioevale e umanistica, XVIII (1975), 445. On Curzio, cfr. also: E. Menegazzo, "Per la biografia di Francesco Colonna", Italia medioevale e umanistica, V (1962), 266, footnote 2. 2. The new manuscript of the Collatio discovered by Crevatin is Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, 676 (N. 11. 12) ; cfr. G. Lami, Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum qui in Bibliotheca Riccardiana Florentina adservantur (Livorno, 1756), pp. 134, 262, 269. 1. Cfr. Gianfranco Contini, Petrarca e le arti figurative, in Francesco Petrarca Citizen of the World, Proceedings of the World Petrarch Congress - Washington, D.C., April 6-13, 1974, ed. by Aldo Bernardo, Padova-Albany, N.Y., Antenore-State Univ. of New York Press, 1980, p. 124. 1. Doubt about the ballads as Collier forgeries is not diminished by Collier’s mention of the ms. in a letter to Ebsworth on 15 Feb. 1879, which I quote in part: "I bought the Ms containing many or most the ballads about which you enquire more than fifty years ago, and I have shewn it to all friends who had a wish or right to see it. It originally belonged to some old scribbler, who copied it as a common-place book, after which it seems to have fallen into other hands, and it contains much verse and prose. What made you think, or fancy that I should ‘object’ to tell? I have told every body who had a right to enquire. I tell you because you are my friend, not an enemy. This I say in confidence ... This note you will consider as quite private. Yours most sincerely. J. Payne Collier"; the letter is now in the Folger Library, Y. c. 1055 (68b) . 1. This entry could possibly refer to Pierpont Morgan Library M. 920 , (no. 106 in the present Census), a manuscript of the Trionfi which belonged to the Strozzi family. 1. No. 14 in Alexander and de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts, p. 46, pl XVIII. 2. Identified when the manuscript was in the possession of Fr. A. Casella; apparently the arms were not erased on f. 3 at that time as is noted by de Marinis. 1. Ms. not seen; my thanks to Mr. L. Witten for the information about the manuscript. 1. Manuscript not seen personally; I thank Professor M. Vaughn for kindly supplying information on this manuscript. 1. Giuseppe Billanovich, "Nuovi autografi (autentici) e vecchi autografi (falsi) del Petrarca," Italia medioevale e umanistica", XXII (1979), 227-38; G. Cantoni Alzati, La presunta biblioteca del Petrarca a Linterno. Codici e falsificazioni, in Vestigia, Studi in onore di Giuseppe Billanovich, (Roma 1984). 1. Iacobi Philippi Tomasini, Petrarcha redivivus (Padova, 1650), 281-86; Luigi Arrigoni, Souvenir de Pétrarque. Notice historique sur vingt - cinq manuscrits dont vingtquatre sur parchemin et un sur papier des Xe, XIe, XIIe, XIIIe et XIVe siècles ayant fait partie de la Bibliothèque de François Pétrarque ... (Milano 1883). Bibliothèque Joseph Martini, Première Partie, Vent aux enchères 27-29 août 1934, Lucerne (Milano [1934]), 112, no. 282. B. Ullman, "Petrarch manuscripts in the U.S.," 443-75. 1. F. E. Cranz - P. O. Kristeller, Catalogus translationum et commentariorum ..., III (Washington, D. C., 1976), 348. 1. S. Kuttner, Traditio, 12 (1956), 612; M. Harrsen - G. K. Boyce, Italian Manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library (New York, 1953), 7-8. 1. Sotheby, Catalogue of Nineteen Highly Distinguished Medieval and Renaissance mss ..., The Property of Sir Sydney Cockerell ... (London, April 1957), I, no. 6 and facsimile of f. lr in front of p. 10; Bernard Quaritch, Manuscripts Including Important Volumes from the Collection of Sir Sydney Cockerell ... (Catalogue no. 767) (London, 1957), no. 5 and plate 4 (particular of f. 28r). 1. E. Wolf II, A Descriptive Catalogue of the John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts in the Free Library of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, 1937), 59-60. 1. M. H. Jackson, Catalogue of the Frances Taylor Pearsons Plimpton Collection...in the Library of Wellesley College (Cambridge Mass., 1929), 420-22.
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Abbreviations
Alexander and de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts
Alexander, J.J.G. and de la Mare, A.C. The Italian manuscripts in the Library of Major J.R. Abbey. London, 1969.
Alexander and de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts
Alexander, J.J.G. and de la Mare, A.C. The Italian manuscripts in the Library of Major J.R. Abbey. London, 1969.
Alexander and de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts
Alexander, J.J.G. and de la Mare, A.C. The Italian manuscripts in the Library of Major J.R. Abbey. London, 1969.
Alexander and de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts
Alexander, J.J.G. and de la Mare, A.C. The Italian manuscripts in the Library of Major J.R. Abbey. London, 1969.
Morpurgo, I manoscritti
Morpurgo, S. I manoscritti della R. Biblioteca Riccardiana di Firenze. Roma, 1892-1900.
Morpurgo, I manoscritti
Morpurgo, S. I manoscritti della R. Biblioteca Riccardiana di Firenze. Roma, 1892-1900.
Morpurgo, I manoscritti
Morpurgo, S. I manoscritti della R. Biblioteca Riccardiana di Firenze. Roma, 1892-1900.
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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