Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


Ms. 48. 4 (1 folio)

Parch., 340 × 250 (210 × 107) mm., ruled in lead, written by one person, gothic script. Decoration: on recto side is an 8ߚline black and off-white initial in a gold frame with a black outline, inhabited by Scipio crowned in laurel and carrying a scepter, dressed in a white robe with gold trilobe flowers, Scipio is seated in a triumphal cart, on a green field with blue sky background; a multi-colored acanthus decoration extends well into the upper and side margins, ending in large gold rayed orbs. Petrarch, Africa , IX, 1-64, inc. "Scipio provectus pelago romanaque classis ...", expl. "... Calliope det fila lire vocemque sonoram//" (Petrarca, Rime, Trionfi e poesie latine , 690-94). ORIGIN
Written in Northeastern Italy, s. XIV2-ex..
Stamp and signature of John Frederick Lewis on the verso with a note: "Leaf from a Petrarch initial Vinati illustration of the Triumphi. Italian. Early XV century. Baer & Co. 200 m."; on the original mat Lewis wrote: "Petrarch B. 1304. D. 1374, this ms. leaf c. 1425 almost contemporary".
Ullman, no. 98; De Ricci, Suppl., p. 467, XLVIII: 4; Jasenas, p. 34, no. 21, pl. 16 (of recto); V. Fera, Antichi editori e lettori dell’ Africa (Messina, 1984), 198-200, 206.

De Ricci, Suppl.
Supplement of De Ricci, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada, originated by C.U. Faye and continued by W.H. Bond. New York, 1962.
Jasenas, M. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts. New York and Washington, D. C., 1974.
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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