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Bod-Inc: P-174

Petrarca, Francesco

De vita solitaria, et al. (ed. Franciscus Caymus).


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A1v Caymus, Franciscus: [Dedicatory letter addressed to] Ludovicus Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan. Incipit: ‘Superiore estate optime princeps cum aduersa ualitudine . . .’ Saxius 522 no. 66.

A2r Petrarca, Francesco: De vita solitaria [dedicated to] Philippus de Cabassole, Bishop of Cavaillon, as stated in the colophon. Edited by Franciscus Caymus. See P‑149.

H3v [Colophon.]

H4r Petrarca, Francesco [pseudo-; Siricho, Lombardus de]: De dispositione vitae suae ad gubernatorem patriae. Incipit: ‘[F]eruet animus te uidendi desiderio pater alme . . .’ On the authorship see Carlo Dionisotti, ‘Fortuna del Petrarca nel quattrocento', Italia medioevale e umanistica, 17 (1974), 61-113, at 63.

H5v Petrarca, Francesco: ‘Carmina dum laboraret in extremis'. Incipit: ‘Cuncta uorant anni uolucres, domat omnia tempus | In domitumque cadit matris fortuna uigorque | Arentique uires senio dat terga senectus'; 3 hexameters. Bucolicum camen, vv. 4-6; R. Weiss, ‘Petrarch minutiae', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 12 (1949), 190-1.

H5v Petrarca, Francesco: ‘Epitaphium per eum editum'. Incipit: ‘Frigida Francisci lapis hic tegit ossa Petrarce | Suscipe uirgo parens animam, sate uirgine parce | Fessaque iam terris celi requiescat in arce'; 3 hexameters. L. Bertalot, ‘Die älteste gedruckte lateinische Epitaphiensammlung', in Collectanea variae doctrinae Leoni S. Olschki oblata (Munich, 1921), 1-28, repr. in Studien zum italienischen und deutschen Humanismus, ed. P. O. Kristeller, 2 vols, Storia e letteratura, 129-130 (Rome, 1975), I 269-301, at 281 no. 23.


Imprint: Milan: Uldericus Scinzenzeler, 13 Aug. 1498. Folio.


Collation: A–G8 H6.


ISTC: ip00419000

Hain: HCR 12797;

Goff: Goff P‑419;

BMC: BMC VI 774, XII 54;

Proctor: Pr 6039;

Others: CIBN P‑172; Sheppard 5013.

LCN: 14496301


Copy number: P-174(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-century Dutch gold-tooled red morocco; marbled-edged leaves, marbled pastedowns, and pink silk bookmark; see Foot, ‘Incunable Collector', no. 41; stamped with Wodhull's arms.

Size: 292 × 203 × 22 mm.

Size of leaf: 280 × 186 mm.

Bibliographical notes in Wodhull's hand on front endleaves.

Initials are supplied in pink, sometimes with blue geometrical pen-work decoration.

Provenance: Michael Wodhull (1740-1816); note signed and dated on verso of front endleaf: ‘M. Wodhull Feb: 18th 1780 £1: 5s:- . 429 of Payne'. John Edmund Severne (1826-1899); sale (1886), lot 1942; purchased for £0. 17. 0; see Library Bills.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 3Q 5.40.

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