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Petrarca, Francesco

Canzoniere e Trionfi [Italian].


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Alphabetical list of contents of the Canzoniere.]

[*7v] [List of contents of the Trionfi.]

[a1r] Petrarca, Francesco: Canzoniere. ‘Carmina amorum'. ed. Santagata, nos 1-252, 266, 257-63, 265, 253-6, 264, 267-330, 335-6, 350, 355, 331-4, 341-9, 356-8, 337-40, 359-65, 351-2, 354, 353, 366; see Wilkins 383 B.V. See also P‑151.

[k4r] Petrarca, Francesco: [A Sennuccio Del Bene.] Incipit: ‘[Q]uella ghirlanda che la bella fronte | Cignea di color tra perle e grana'; 1 sonnet. Inserted between sonnets nos 266 and 257. Rime sparse di Francesco Petrarca o a lui attribuite, ed. A. Solerti (Florence, 1909), 113 no. XXXII; ed. Pacca and Paolino, 698-700 no. 12.

[k4v] Petrarca, Francesco: [Sonnet]. Incipit: ‘[S]tato fossi io quando la uiddi imprima | Come son hor dentro allor ciecho di fore'; inserted between sonnets nos 266 and 257. Rime sparse, ed. Solerti, 206 no. CXLVI.

[k4v] Petrarca, Francesco: [Ballad.] Incipit: ‘[D]onna mi uene spesso nella mente | Altra donna ne sempre'; a ballad of 10 lines of verse. Inserted between sonnets nos 266 and 257. Rime sparse, ed. Solerti, 206 no. CXLVI; ed. Pacca and Paolino, 729-32 no. 18.

[o5r] Petrarca, Francesco: [Sonnet]. Incipit: ‘[P]oi chal fattor del uniuerso piacque | Di uoi ornare il nostro secol tutto'; Rime sparse, ed. Solerti, 188 no. CXXI.

[o8r] Petrarca, Francesco: Trionfi. ed. Pacca and Paolino, 47-90 (T Cupidinis I), 135-76 (T Cupidinis III, with 4 extra lines at the end), 97-128 (T Cupidinis II), 183-220 (T Cupidinis IV), 227-64 (T Pudicitie), 543-6 (T Mortis Ia), 271-300 (T Mortis I), 309-46 (T Mortis II), 555-84 (T Fame Ia), 353-88 (T Fame I), 393-428 (T Fame II), 433-70 (T Fame III, ends with extra line: ‘Qui lassio e pui di lor non dico auanti'), 477-504 (T Temporis), 511-38 (T Eternitatis).

[p3v] Petrarca, Francesco: [Triumphus Cupidinis III, end]. Incipit: ‘Et so i costumi, lor sospiri e canti | El parlar rotto, el subito silentio . . . con l'assentio'; 4 more lines of verse. ed. Dutschke 276.

[s4v] [Colophon.]

[s5r] Petrarca, Francesco: ‘Memorabilia quaedam de Laura manu propria Francisci Petrarcae scripta in quodam codice Virgilii in Papiensi biblyotheca reperta'. Incipit: ‘[L]aura propriis uirtutibus illustris . . .’ See P‑152.

[s5v] Petrarca, Francesco: [Excerpt of Ep. fam. II 9]. ‘Fragmentum cuiusdam epistolae eiusdem Francisci Petrarcae' [addressed to] Jacobus de Columna, Bishop of Lombez. Incipit: ‘Quid ergo ais finxisse me mihi speciosum Laurae nomen ut esset . . .’ Explicit: notus est Petrarca, Le familiari, ed. Rossi, I 94-7, lines 135-47.

[s5v] [Petrarca, Francesco: Epigram = Ep. metricae variae 7]. Incipit: ‘Valle locus clausa toto mihi nullus in orbe | Gratior, aut studiis aptior ora meis'; 4 elegiac distichs. E. Wilkins, The “Epistolae metricae” of Petrarch: A Manual, Sussidi eruditi, 8 (Rome, 1956), 17 and 35.

[s6r] [Antonio Da Tempo pseudo-]: Vita del Petrarca. Incipit: ‘[P]etracho figliuolo di Parenzo cittadino fiorentino disceso dassai antica et honesta famiglia . . .’ Francesci Petrarcae, De viris illustribus, ed. L. Razzolini, 2 vols, Collezione di opere inedite o rare (Bologna, 1874-9), I pp. xxvii–xxxv; A. Solerti, Le vite di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio scritte fino al secolo decimosesto (Milan, [1904]), 335-8. The ‘A' life, largely based on the ‘B' life probably written by Pier Candido Decembrio; see G. Mezzanotte, ‘Pier Candido Decembrio e la “Vita” del Petrarca attribuita a Antonio da Tempo', Studi Petrarcheschi, NS 1 (1984), 211-24, at 212-15.


Imprint: Venice: [Gabriele di Pietro, not before 13 Aug.] 1473. Folio.


Collation: [*8 a–s10].


ISTC: ip00375000

Hain: HC 12757;

Goff: Goff P‑375;

BMC: BMC V 199;

Proctor: Pr 4187;

Others: CIBN P‑179; Essling 75; Fiske, p. 73; Hillard 1551; Rhodes 1354; Sheppard 3367.

LCN: 14494315


Copy number: P-153(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [*8] and [s10].

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century Italian (for Boutourlin?) gold-tooled red morocco with marbled pastedowns. ‘Petrarca' in manuscript along the fore-edge.

Size: 289 × 189 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 275 × 176 mm.

On [f10r], parallel with the stanzas of the song ‘Qual piu diuersa et noua' (no. 135) which talk about the source of the sun, quotations from Pliny the elder in a contemporary humanist hand. On [g3v], at the end of the sonnet ‘Pommi ouel sole occide' (no. 145), the following quotation written in the same hand: ‘Oratius in odis 45. Pone me pigris ubi nulla campis | Arbor aestiua recreatur aura . . . Dulce loquentem' (8 lines, Hor. Carm. 1. 22. 17-24). On [o2r] beside the word ‘ligio' of the song ‘Quell'antico mio dolce' (no. 360), an explanatory note refers, in Latin and Greek, to the ‘Convivio' of Plato, 16. On [r5r] beside the mention of Leonidas in the Triumphum famae, chapter III, a quotation from Cic. Tusc. 19. This same hand has annotated in Latin the Trionfi, mainly extracting key words in red ink, but also providing interlinear corrections to the text in brown ink. On the lower margin of [s5r] a different contemporary hand has added the 3 hexameters of the ‘Epitaphium Francisci Petrarce', for which see P‑174, and 5 lines summarizing the life of Petrarch: ‘Franciscus Petrarcha parentibus florentinis . . . die primo anni lxxmi.' The text of the Canzoniere is extensively annotated in a sixteenth-century hand in brown ink, which has collated this edition with another text referred to as ‘A'. The same hand has also numbered the sonnets and songs, again using a different text as reference, presumably ‘A'; for this copy see Dondi, ‘Censimento di incunaboli', 680-1 no. 2.

On [a1r] and [o8r] four-line initials ‘V' and ‘N' are supplied in gold within a square pink ground; the area defined by the letter is decorated with a portrait of Petrarch in profile. The initials are surrounded by a floral border with gold dots, Florentine style; see Pächt and Alexander II, 108 no. pr. 42; in the lower margin of [a1r], the decorated space left for a coat of arms has not been filled. Other initials are supplied in blue or very faded pink.

Provenance: Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); armorial book-plate and shelfmark no. 78, see Catalogue (1831); purchased at his sale for £20. 0. 0: see sale catalogue (1839), lot 1229, and Books Purchased (1840), 24.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 4.36.

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