Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


Ms. W. 309

Parch.,1 ff. I + 42 + I, 270 × 200 mm., severely cropped, 2-22 lines on folios with one to three colored topographical drawings (total of 78) to illustrate the descriptions of 79 Aegean islands from Corfu to Aegina in the Liber insularum archipelagi, ruled in dark brown crayon. f. 1r-v, originally blank endleaf, now containing inscriptions added in s. XVI1, partly effaced. ff. 2r-40v, Cristophorous de Bondelmontibus, Liber insularum archipelagi , inc. "Incipit liber insularum arcipelagi editus per dominum presbiterum Christoforum de Bondelmontibus de Florentia, quem misit de civitate Rodi Romam domino Iordano cardinali de Ursinis, anno domino MoCCCCoXXoIIo. Prologus Incipit. Constitui pater et cardinaleium frater Iordane optime meis intineribus tibi librum insularum Cicladum …", expl. "… Ea propter ut cunctas facilius videndo picturas comprehendatur. In nigro montes. In albo planicies. In viride maria e flumina pandentur manifeste" (second of two recensions, 1420 and 1422; variant text pr. G.R.L. De Sinner, Cristophori Bondelmontii florentini librum insularum archipelagi [Leipzig and Berlin, 1824]). f. 41 (originally blank endleaf, text added in s. XVIin), Ps. François I (actually Maurice Scève), Epitaph poem for Laura’s tomb in Avignon, title "Epitaphium compositum per christianissimum francorum regem Franciscum in laudem Laure de Sadone qui Avinione in conventu fratrum minorum donavit scuta mille ut ellevetur eius sepulcrum ubi corpus eiusdem Laure quiescit", inc. "En petit lieu compris vous poues veoyr …", expl. "… Quant le subget surmonte le disant" (Solerti, Le vite, 488, 626; cfr. E. Guidici, "Bilancia di una annosa questione; Maurice Scève e la ‘scoperta’ della tomba di Laura," Quaderni di filologia e lingue romanze, 2, 1980, 7-70).2 f. 41v (originally blank endleaf, text added in s. XVIin), Maurice Scève, Italian sonnet commemorating Laura de Sade, title, "Repertus Avinione in franciscanis anno 1533 XI kalendis februarii", inc. "Qui reposan quei casti et felici ossa/ di quella alma gentile sola in terra …", expl. "… Ciaschun prieghi il Segnor te accepir in pace" (Solerti, Le vite, 626 [Iacopo Filippo Tomasini: Petrarcha redivivus], e cfr. 488; V.-L. Saulnier, Maurice Scève [ca. 1500-1560], [Paris, 1948], vol. I, 43-44). The sonnet is followed by "OSCUL [O sesso?]/ Mortal indarno se suspira … d’una tal luce et po de li ochi e il tempo[.]/PPA" (Solerti, Le vite, 626): marginal note, "deletum erat Donne", which appears with the letter P at the right of a monograph abutting the trunk of a crudely sketched tree bearing fruit.3 f. 42r-v, endleaf (formerly pastedown), with crudely drawn sketches and notes, including "Vulpis amat fraudem/ Lupus agnum/ femina laudem …". ORIGIN
Southeastern France, s. XV (third quarter).

1. Ms. not seen; I am indebted to Dr. Lilian Randall for the information from the forthcoming second volume of her catalogue of the Walters Art Gallery western manuscript collection.
2. Cfr. Dutschke, Census, p. 141, no. 53: the authorship of the poem is to be corrected from François I to Ps. François I (Maurice Scève).
3. Information kindly provided by Dr. Myra Orth.

Solerti, Le vite
Solerti, A. Le vite di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio scritte fino al secolo decimosesto ... Milano, 1904.

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