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Bod-Inc: P-159

Petrarca, Francesco

Trionfi (comm. Bernardo da Siena) e Canzoniere (comm. Franciscus Philelphus and Hieronymus Squarzaficus) [Italian].


Analysis of Content

Part I.

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v Bernardo Da Siena: [Prologue addressed to] Borso d'Este, Duke of Modena. Incipit: ‘[P]ublio Cornelio Scipione illustrissimo .P. Nissuna magior uitoria o piu singular triumpho . . .’

a4r Bernardo Da Siena: [Commentary]. Incipit: ‘[D]escrive Missier Francescho il sensitiuo dominio fingendo Cupidine triumphare . . .’ See P‑154.

a4r Petrarca, Francesco: Trionfi. ed. Pacca and Paolino, 47-90 (T Cupidinis I), 135-76 (T Cupidinis III, with 4 extra lines at the end), 183-220 (T Cupidinis IV), 97-128 (T Cupidinis II), 227-64 (T Pudicitie), 543-6 (T Mortis Ia), 271-300 (T Mortis I, without first three lines), 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: ‘E poi riuolsi gliocchi in altre parte'), 477-504 (T Temporis), 511-38 (T Eternitatis). See Wilkins 391-2 D.XVII.

d4r Petrarca, Francesco: [Triumphus Cupidinis III, end]. Incipit: ‘So icostumi et lor sospiri et canti | El parlar rotto, et il subito silentio . . . col assentio'; 4 more lines of verse. ed. Dutschke 276.

t5v [Colophon.]

Part II.

A1v Philelphus, Franciscus: ‘Prohemio' [addressed to] Filippo Maria Angelo Visconti, Duke of Milan. Incipit: ‘[S]iano forse alchuni o illustrissimo principe . . .’

A2r Petrarca, Francesco: Canzoniere. ed. Santagata, nos 1, 3, 2, 4-79, 81-2, 80, 83-336, 350, 355, 337-47, 356-65, 351-2, 354, 353, 348, 349, 366. See also P‑151.

A2r Philelphus, Franciscus; Squarzaficus, Hieronymus: [Commentary]. Incipit: ‘[V]oi chascoltate. Quantunque il presente sonetto fusse da messer Francesco Petrarcha . . .’ Philelphus' commentary covers sonnets 1-136; Squarzaficus' sonnets 136-366. See P‑154.

O8r Squarzaficus, Hieronymus: [Editorial note addressed to] Mattheus Baroccius. Incipit: ‘Magna et excellente cosa sono Mathio dignissimo questi fragmenti di Petrarcha . . .’


Imprint: Venice: Bernardinus Rizus, Novariensis, 1488. Folio.

Remarks: In two parts, dated: (I) 18 Apr. 1488; (II) 12 June 1488.


Collation: Part I: a–s8 t6; part II: A–O8.

Illustrations: Woodcuts in part I.


ISTC: ip00385000

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) R 12770 (incl. H 12787);

Goff: Goff P‑385;

BMC: BMC V 401;

Proctor: Pr 4948-9;

Others: Essling 76; Fiske, p. 79; Sander 5599; Sheppard 4068-9.

LCN: 14493224, 14494308


Copy number: P-159(1)

Bound in two volumes.

Part I: wanting p8; part II: wanting H8.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century Italian(?) parchment, the spine gold-tooled, with sprinkled red-edged leaves.

Size: 307 × 212 × 23/27 mm.

Size of leaf: Vol. 1: 298 × 199 mm; vol. 2: 297 × 200 mm.

A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and correcting the text, in a humanist hand. Part II: on O8v an inscription in a sixteenth-century hand: ‘Adi 4 de Marzo veni io Alessandro de Carpo con il signor mio(?)' In the same hand: ‘Madona il piu pregar non mi val nulla | Dicete voi non mi volete bene | Perche voi siete una bella fanciula' and ‘Questo si domanda il trionfo del Petrarcha(?)'. Another note in Italian relating to the harvest, is dated 1530. Other scribbles on the same leaf; for this copy see Dondi, ‘Censimento di incunaboli', 683 no. 7.

Italian (Venetian?) initials are supplied in gold within a red, green, and blue ground decorated with white vine-stems; in part I the woodcuts are painted; see Pächt and Alexander II, 112 no. pr. 105 (part I) and pr. 106 (part II); probably by the 'Rimini Ovid Master': see Lilian Armstrong, 'The Master of the Rimini Ovid', in Lilian Armstrong, Studies of Renaissance Miniatures in Venice, II (London, 2003), 487 and fig. 22.

Provenance: the coat of arms on a4r is that of the Albergati of Bologna, namely azure a bend argent cottised gules; it reappears, slightly damaged, on a3v in the lower left corner. Also on a3v in the lower right corner are the arms of the Bentivoglio of Bologna: per bend dancetté or and gules (see P. Dolfi, Cronologia delle famiglie nobili di Bologna con le loro insegne e nel fine i cimieri (Bologna, 1670), 28-36 and 102-28). Pompeo Litta notes only one marriage between members of these families in the late fifteenth century. Lucrezia was one of the many children of Ludovico Bentivoglio, senatore (active 1428-1469); she married one Ludovico Albergati. In 1488, the date of Rizius' Petrarch, Lucrezia would certainly have been of marriageable age or might have been married for some time, to judge from the age of her father (Litta, xxxi, pl. viii). The prominence of the Albergati arms would be appropriate for her husband or prospective husband. Ex informatione Lilian Armstrong. Embossed cipher: ‘L. F.' above, the sun between two stars, very small on the front pastedown of each volume. Purchased for £8. 8. 0; see Books Purchased (1844), 36.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q inf. 1.44-45.

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