Exeter College MS. 187
Petrarch, Rime; Trionfi, in Latin and Italian; Ferrara, Italy, s. xv2
Language(s): Latin and Italian
Rime nos. 1, 3, 2, 4–112, ‘Quella ghirlanda’ (Rime, trionfi e poesie latini, ed. F. Neri et al. (Milan, 1954), Rime disperse, no. 19); Rime, nos. 113–20, 122, ‘Donna mi vien …’ (ed. Neri et al., Rime disperse, no. 13); Rime, nos. 123–9, 121, 130–263; ed. Neri et al., 3–337.
Rime, nos. 264–339, 342, 340, 351–4, 350, 355, 360, 344–5, 359, 341, 343, 356, 346–9, 357–8, 361–3, 365, 364, 366; ed. Neri et al., 338–477.
pr. P. de Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme (Paris, 1907), ii. 286–7. Fols. 141v–2v are blank.
Triumphus Cupidinis, I, ed. Neri et al., 481–7.
Triumphus Cupidinis, III, ed. Neri et al., 494–501.
Triumphus Cupidinis, IV, ed. Neri et al., 501–8.
Triumphus Cupidinis, II, ed. Neri et al., 487–94.
Triumphus Pudicitiæ, ed. Neri et al., 509–16.
Triumphus Mortis, ed. Neri et al., 517–23.
Triumphus Mortis, fragment, ed. Neri et al., 563–4.
Triumphus Mortis, II, ed. Neri et al., 523–30.
Triumphus Fame, early redaction, ed. Neri et al., 564–70.
Triumphus Fame, I, ed. Neri et al., 531–6.
Triumphus Fame, II, ed. Neri et al., 536–43.
Triumphus Fame, III, ed. Neri et al., 543–7 with one additional verse.
Triumphus Temporis, ed. Neri et al., 548–53.
One column, 29 lines to a full page. Ruled in crayon.
Humanistic cursive (presumably by a Ferrarese scribe: see History, below) with gold rustic capitals at beginning of text, fol. 1r, and rustic capitals in alternate black and sanguine at beginning of text, fol. 143r. Punctuated by virgula and medial point, singly and together.
Confined within a rectangular E-shaped frame on fol. 1r is an illuminated border with white vine tendrils on a green, blue, and crimson background spattered with gold spots. On fol. 143r is an initial in a similar style but not illuminated.
Throughout there are plain two-line blue and red capitals for verses. Headings are in sanguine. Not recorded by Alexander and Temple.
Sewn on three bands, between millboards covered with plain parchment, 18th century; probably Italian. On the spine is ‘Petrarca M.S.’ and a label bearing a number (see History below).
Provenance and Acquisition
Probably of Ferrarese origin: see Mann (above, headnote), 507 n. 1, for features shared with other manuscripts that can be connected with Ferrara.
A coat of arms has been erased from the foot of the border on fol. 1r.
On a label on the spine is an unidentified library number ‘300’ (s. xviii) and, less certain, ‘176’.
After 1853 the book was given to Exeter by the Fellow Librarian, C. W. Boase, who acquired it from Thomas Thorpe. The mark l/lg/—or 1/1g/—on the front pastedown is presumably Thorpe’s and ‘[£]4/4/0’ there is also probably his, but ‘P’ is less certainly his and ‘1108’ is probably not.
Exeter library identifications are, on the front pastedown, the Eric Gill bookplate of 1931 and on it ‘CLXXXVII’ and ‘169 I’.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Rector and Fellows of Exeter College.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-04-29: First online publication