Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


M. 404

Parch., ff. I-III (modern paper) + 110 + I-III (mod. paper), modern pencil foliation, 227 × 142 mm. (ff. 1-72v, 176 × 68 mm.; ff. 73-80v, 179 × 68 mm.; ff. 81-87v, 176 × 74 mm.; ff. 88-110, 166 × 80 mm.), ff. 1-80v have 38 verses per page, ff. 81-84v have 31 verses per page and ff. 85-110 have 32 verses per page, 1-108 116 (+7th) 126 138 (+1st) 148, only one catchword in original script of the text on f. 72v for quire 9, other catchwords in a different hand for quires 7, 8, 10 and 11, all catchwords are plain horizontal at bottom middle margin, no signatures are visible, some pricking visible, ff. 1-80v are ruled in drypoint and ff. 81-110 are ruled in lead, written by five persons: 1) ff. 1-73, in a minuscule hand of the late 11th century; 2) ff. 73-80v, a minuscule hand with gothic features of the 12th century; 3) ff. 81-86v, a gothic hand of the 13th century; 4) f. 87rv, late gothic insertion; 5) ff. 88-110, gothic hand of the 13th century. Decoration: f. 1, a 6ߚline red initial with red decoration and floral infilling; f. 1v, a 5ߚline red initial similar to f. 1; f. 57v, a 4ߚline plain red initial; f. 85, a 3ߚline red initial with red pen decorations; all the letters of ff. 85-110 begin with similar red initials and each versal is slashed in red; the breaks in the text on ff. 1-84 begin with 2ߚline plain red initials; many marginal notes, including those of Petrarch, referring to the literary, historical and mythological facts in the text. Binding, quarter tan morocco and modern paper boards by Duprez-Lahey, with "Horace, Poemata, Italian, XI cent." on the spine. ff. 1-42, Horace, Odes , inc. "Mecenas atavis edite regibus ...", (Bk. I, nos. 1-6, 7 [divided into two poems, vv. 1-14 and 15-32], 8-28; Bk. II, nos. 1-20; Bk. III, nos. 1-30 [nos. 8 and 9 are written together as one poem and no. 22 is joined to 23]; Bk. IV, nos. 1-15), expl. "... Progeniem Veneris canemus" (Q. Horati Flacci Opera, ed. F. Klingner [Leipzig, 1959], 1-131). ff. 42-50v, Horace, Epodes , I-XVII, inc. "Ibis Liburnis inter alta navium ...", expl. "... Plorem artis in te nichil agentis exitus?" (ed. Klingner, 136-60). ff. 50v-51v, Horace, Carmen saeculare , inc. "Phebe silvarumque potens Diana ...", expl. "... Doctus et Phebi chorus et Dianae dicere laudes" (ed. Klingner, 132-35). ff. 51v-57v, Horace, De arte poetica , inc. "Humano capiti cervicem pictor equinam ...", expl. "... Non missura avem (sic) nisi plena cruoris hirudo" (ed. Klingner, 294-311). ff. 57v-84v, Horace, Satires , Bks. I-II, inc. "Qui fit, Mecenas, ut nemo, quam sibi sortem ...", expl. "... Canidia adflasset, peior serpentibus Afris. Expliciunt sermones Oratii. Deo gratias. Amen." (ed. Klingner, 161-239). ff. 85-110, Horace, Epistles , Bks. I-II, inc. "Prima dicte mihi, summa dicende Camoena ...", expl. "... Rideat et pulset lasciva licentius (sic) etas. Explicit liber Oratii, liber Oracii explicit. Finito libro feramus gratia’S’ Cristo. Vivat in celis Uliverius nomine felix" (ed. Klingner, 240-93). f. 110v, palimpsest with pen trials and pointing hands.
2nd. f.: quam Iocus
Written in Central Italy, s. XI2, with additions of s. XII and s. XIII.
One of the first manuscripts owned by Petrarch in 1325. The names of perhaps early owners appear on f. 46, "Domenico d’Alissandro Falconieri et conpagni lanaiuoli di Siena et per Carlo in fede", and on. f. 66, "Camillo di Galgano Fondi et conpad. ..."; on f. 85 is written "Al magnifico messer Alisandro Falconieri"; the manuscript was obtained from A. Imbert, Paris, in 1910.
Jasenas, p. 6, no. 9 and pp. 38-39, no. 30, pl. 22 (of.f.1); G. Billanovich, "Tra Dante e Petrarca", Italia medioevale e umanistica, VIII (1965), 22-44; G. Billanovich, "Da Dante al Petrarca", Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Adunanze straordinarie per il conferimento dei premi della Fondazione A. Feltrinelli, 1 (1966), 61-67, tav. I; F. B. Adams, "The Youthful Petrarch’s Horace", Atti del quinto Congresso Internazionale dei Bibliofili (Venezia, 1-7 ottobre, 1967), 45-47.

Jasenas, M. Petrarch in America: A Survey of Petrarch Manuscripts. New York and Washington, D. C., 1974.

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