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[RVF and Triumphi – with index]


Current Location

British Library
United Kingdom

King’s 321
c. 1400
Mode of exegesis
Related to Petrarch's

RVF, Triumphi + Mortis Ia and Fame Ia


Physical Description: Format

327x244 mm; II + 67 + II fols.

Physical Description: Textblock

parchment; small semi-gothic hand; Petrarch’s poems with one verse per line in two columns per fol., and prose texts; one portrait, two architectural frames, historiated and decorated initials.

Visual Elements
Title Page

<inc> Uoi cascoltate in rime sparse il suono

Internal Description

fols. 1r-33v: RVF 1-263;
fols. 34r-47v: RVF 264-366;
fol. 47v: colophon: Deo GR[ATIA]S Amen;
fols. 48r: Dante’s canzone ‘Chosì nel mio parlar voglieser aspro’;
fol. 48r: colophon: Scrito per mano de Andrea da badagio in le prison de Venexia 1400 (on this colophon, see Bradley 1973, I, 86);
fol. 48v: blank;
fols. 49r-49v: five poems by Andrea da Badagio (‘Composte per Andrea da badagio’, poems: ‘Scrisse dante de linfero [sic] a pieno’, ‘Alma gentil tanto piatosa e dura’, ‘Volgie ormai inver dime la fronte’, ‘Dous frere un songie ma retret’, and ‘Bon fine ormai al mio doglioso fato’);
fols. 50r-51v: index of the first lines of RVF poems by a later mercantesca hand (under each letter of the alphabet, poems are listed in order of appearance). The references to the fols., written after each first line in the index, correspond to those in this ms. most of the time (differently from what maintained in Mann 1975, 314, n. 1, and Warner-Gilson 1921, III, 58): when they do not match, the poem is often readable on the verso of the fol. preceding the one stated in the index;
fols. 52r-64r: Triumphi (order: Amoris I, Amoris III, Amoris IV, Pudicitie, Mortis Ia, Mortis I, Mortis II, Fame Ia, Amoris II, Fame I, Fame II, Fame III, Temporis, Eternitatis); fol. 64r: colophon: finis;
fol. 64r: Petrarch’s note on Laura (<inc> [L]aura proprijs uirtutib[u]s illustris et meis longum celebrata carminib[u]s; <exp> et inexpectatos exitus acriter ac uiriliter cogitanti);
fol. 64r: extract from Petrarch’s Latin letter to Giacomo Colonna (Fam. II.9) (<inc> [q]uid ergo ais finxisse me mihi speciosu[m]; <exp> tibi pallor tibi labor meus notus est>), followed without any space by the eight-line Latin poem from Fam. XI.4 (<inc> [v]alle locus clausa toto mihi nullus in orbe; <exp> et clausa cupio te duce ualle mori);
fol. 64v: blank.

Material Copy


British Library
United Kingdom

King’s 321
Copy seen by

RVF 136-138 had been erased and the erasures have later washed away (though they are still partially visible).
Historiated initials for RVF 1 showing a portrait of Petrarch, standing and reading a book in front of a tall bookstand (fol. 1r), and RVF 264 showing a half-length portrait of Petrarch holding a book (fol. 34r); decorated initials in gold for some RVF poems (in an unsystematic way); at fols. 1r and 34r is an architectural frame; on the top right-hand margin of fol. 1r is an illuminated portrait of Laura in a green dress, standing in a garden beside a laurel tree, and holding a wreath in her right hand.


Bibl. Smithiana, 362; Mann 1975, 313-15; Warner-Gilson 1921, III, 58