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Exeter College MS. 187

Petrarch, Rime; Trionfi, in Latin and Italian; Ferrara, Italy, s. xv2

Contents

Summary of Contents: The manuscript is fully described by N. Mann, 'Petrarch manuscripts in the British Isles' Italia medioevale e umanistica, 18 (1975), 139–527, at 505–07.

Language(s): Latin and Italian

1. (fols. 1r-99r)
Petrarch, Rime
Rubric: Francisci Petrarchæ Poetæ. Clarissimi: Carmen: Rithimonos. Elegicvm[sic] in Lavram. Feliciter. Incipit.
Incipit: Voi Chascoltate in Rime. Sparse il svono. Di quei sospiri on die nutriua il core
Explicit: di castita per che ladorni et pregi.

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.

2. (fols. 99v-140v)
Petrarch, Rime
Rubric: Que sequuntur post mortem domine Lauree scripta sunt. Ita enim proprio codice domini Francisci annotatum est. Et charte quatuor pretermisse vacuæ. Canzone xxviiij.
Incipit: Io uo pensando et nel pensier massale
Explicit: chaccolga il mio spirto ultimo in pace.
Final rubric: Deo gratias.

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.

3. (fol. 141r)
Petrarch, Nota di Laura
Rubric: Scriptum manu propria domini .F. P. in quodam eius Virgilio uisum est.
Incipit: Laura propriis uirtutibus illustris et meis longum celebrata carminibus
Explicit: acriter ac uiriliter cogitanti.
Final rubric: Finis.

pr. P. de Nolhac, Pétrarque et l’humanisme (Paris, 1907), ii. 286–7. Fols. 141v–2v are blank.

4. (fols. 143r-180v)
Petrarch, Trionfi
Rubric: Amor .D. Francisci Petrarcæ poeæ laureati Triumphi sex incipit et primo
a. (fols. 143r-145v)
Rubric: primum quod de amore inscribitur.
Incipit: NEL TEMPO CHE RINOVA I MEI SOSPIRI
Explicit: vien catenato Ioue inanti al carro.

Triumphus Cupidinis, I, ed. Neri et al., 481–7.

b. (fols. 145v-149r)
Rubric: Capitulum secundum.
Incipit: Era si pieno il cor di merauiglie
Explicit: et qual el mel temprato cum lasentio

Triumphus Cupidinis, III, ed. Neri et al., 494–501.

c. (fols. 149r-152r)
Rubric: Capitulum tertium.
Incipit: Poscia che mia fortuna in forzaltrui
Explicit: Chel pie ua nanzi et locchio torna a dietro

Triumphus Cupidinis, IV, ed. Neri et al., 501–8.

d. (fols. 152r-155r)
Rubric: Capitulum quartum.
Incipit: Stanco gia di mirar non satio anchora
Explicit: et dun pomo beffata al fin Cidippe

Triumphus Cupidinis, II, ed. Neri et al., 487–94.

e. (fols. 155v-158v)
Rubric: Lavra. Capitulum quintum. Triumphus secundus qualiter domina Laura triumphauit de Cupidine.
Incipit: QVANDO AD VN GIOGO ED AD VN TEMPO
Explicit: fra gli altri uidi Hippolyto et Ioseppe

Triumphus Pudicitiæ, ed. Neri et al., 509–16.

f. (fols. 159r-161v)
Rubric: Mors. Capitulum sextum. Triumphus tertius qualiter mors triumphauit de domina Lavra.
Incipit: QVELLA LEGIADRA ET GLORIOSA DONNA
Explicit: Morte bella parea nel suo bel uiso

Triumphus Mortis, ed. Neri et al., 517–23.

g. (fol. 162r)
Rubric: Capitulum septimum.
Incipit: Quanti gia nella eta matura et agra
Explicit: quella per cui ben far prima mi piacque

Triumphus Mortis, fragment, ed. Neri et al., 563–4.

h. (fols. 162r-165v)
Rubric: Capitulum octauum.
Incipit: La nocte che segui lhorribil caso
Explicit: Tu starai in terra senza me gran tempo

Triumphus Mortis, II, ed. Neri et al., 523–30.

i. (fols. 165v-168r)
Rubric: Capitulum nonum.
Incipit: Nel cor pien damarissima dolceza
Explicit: poi alla fine uidi Artuso[sic] et Karlo

Triumphus Fame, early redaction, ed. Neri et al., 564–70.

j. (fols. 168v-170v)
Rubric: FAMA. Capitulum decimum. Quartus triumphus qualiter Fama triumphauit de MORTE.
Incipit: DA POI CHE MORTE TRIVMPHO DEL VOLTO
Explicit: Come aduien a cui virtu inimichi ^relinque^

Triumphus Fame, I, ed. Neri et al., 531–6.

k. (fols. 170v-173v)
Rubric: Capitulum undecimum.
Incipit: Pien dinfinita et nobile merauiglia
Explicit: Magnanimo gentile constante et largo

Triumphus Fame, II, ed. Neri et al., 536–43.

l. (fols. 173v-175v)
Rubric: Capitulum duodecimum.
Incipit: Io non sapea di tal uista leuarme
Explicit: Qui basta ^lascio^ et piu di lor non seruo[sic] auante

Triumphus Fame, III, ed. Neri et al., 543–7 with one additional verse.

m. (fols. 175v-178r)
Rubric: TEMPVS. Capitulum tertiumdecimum. Triumphus quintus qualiter tempus triumphat.
Incipit: NEL AVREO ALBERGO CVM LAVRORA INANZI
Explicit: Cosi il tempo triumpha e nomi el mondo

Triumphus Temporis, ed. Neri et al., 548–53.

n. (fols. 178r-180v)
Rubric: Eternitas. Capitulum quartumdecimum. Triumphus sextus et ultimus de œternitate.
Incipit: DA POI CHE SOTTO LCIEL COSA NON VIDI
Explicit: Or che fia aduncha ariuiderla in cielo.
Final rubric: Finis. Sit laus Christo omnipotenti deo.

Triumphus Eternitatis, ed. Neri et al., 554–9.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Qvel chenfinita.
Form: codex
Support: parchment HFFH
Extent: 180 leaves preceded and followed by one post-medieval paper flyleaf
Dimensions (leaf): 223 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 60–75 mm.

Collation

1–1310 1412 15–1710 188. Plain vertical catchwords. No quire letters or numbers.

Layout

One column, 29 lines to a full page. Ruled in crayon.

Hand(s)

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.

Decoration

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.

Binding

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).

History

Origin: s. xv2 ; Ferrara, Italy

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’.

Record Sources

Andrew G. Watson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Exeter College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2000.

Availability

For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Exeter College Library.

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