Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


1. Ms. not seen; I am indebted to Dr. Lilian Randall for the information from the forthcoming second volume of her catalogue of the Walters Art Gallery western manuscript collection. 2. Cfr. Dutschke, Census, p. 141, no. 53: the authorship of the poem is to be corrected from François I to Ps. François I (Maurice Scève). 3. Information kindly provided by Dr. Myra Orth. 2. Ms. 133 is the only manuscript in the United States which contains the Vita Petrarce by Sicco Polenton. 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. 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. 1. Ms. not seen: the description is based on P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, vol. V, 292, with information furnished by Dr. Robert Babcock. The Spinelli collection consists of the following sections: Spinelli series; Spinelli Series II; Baldocci; Miscellanea; Varietà; Diversità; Guardi; Buonguglielmi; etc. Cfr. The Spinelli Family (Exhibition catalogue) by R. Babcock (New Haven, 1989).
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Abbreviations
Dutschke, Census
Dutschke, D. Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States, Padova, 1986.
Solerti, Le vite
Solerti, A. Le vite di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio scritte fino al secolo decimosesto ... Milano, 1904.
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).
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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