Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


In compiling this census I have received help from many persons: I should like to acknowledge my debt first to those who have come before me, and upon whose work I have relied frequently, to S. De Ricci, E. H. Wilkins, B. L. Ullman, A. Bernardo and M. Jasenas. Previous catalogues of Petrarch manuscripts, from the earliest by E. Narducci and M. Vattasso to the more recent ones which have appeared in Italia medioevale e umanistica since 1961 have been my constant source of inspiration and information. My thanks are due to the friends and colleagues who have given so generously of their time, providing information on manuscripts, reading early drafts of the census and making valued suggestions: in particular I thank G. Belloni, M. Billanovich, C. W. Dutschke, M. Ferrari, G. Frasso, A. C. de la Mare, C. M. Monti Maggi, P. Meyvaert, S. Noakes, R. Rouse, B. Shailor and M. Vaughn. I am grateful to the libraries where I have been permitted to work and to the library staff members who have assisted me. The census would be only this cataloguer’s dream if not for the support of a Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies of America in 1977-78 and for a Faculty Research Grant from the University of California.

The census is published under the double aegis of the Ente Nazionale Francesco Petrarca and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (University of California at Los Angeles). I take this opportunity to dedicate the census to the two persons who are most closely associated with these two institutions and with whom I have had the privilege of sharing the joys and hardships of Petrarch manuscript studies, Giuseppe Billanovich and Fredi Chiappelli.

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