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[Sacchella’s Zibaldone]


Current Location

Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense

fifteenth century
Related to Petrarch's

RVF, Triumphi + Mortis Ia, Fame Ia


Physical Description: Format

275x195 mm, II + 304 + III fols.

Physical Description: Textblock

paper; cursive gothic hand; Petrarch’s poems with two verses per line and prose texts.

Title Page

<inc> Priuilegius [—] Jncipit ad etiam rei memoriam (fol. 30r)

Internal Description

fols. 30r-33r: Petrarch’s letter to Posterity (Sen. 18.1) (‘Priuilegius [—] Jncipit ad etiam rei memoriam’; <inc> [—] fuerit tibi forsan de me aliq[—] & obscurum longe nomen seu locorum [—]; <exp> redij rursus in gallias, stare nescius, non tam tame desid[er]io uisa milies reuisendi, q[uam] studio, more egrorum loci mutatione tedijs consulendi);
fol. 33r: colophon: finis;
fol. 33v: strokes of pen;
fols. 34r-35v: RVF 366;
fols. 83r-103v: RVF 22-23, 28-30, 37, 50, 52-55, 59, 66, 70-73, 80, 105-106, 119, 121, 125-129, 135, 142, 149, 206-207, 214, 237, 239, 264, 268, 270, 323-325, 331-332, 359-360, 366 (‘Canz[one] morale f[rancesco] petrarce nu[mer]o 46’);
fols. 104r-117v: Triumphi with annotations (‘Triumphus Amoris francisci petrarce’; order: Amoris I, Amoris III.1-186, Amoris IV, Pudicitie, Mortis I, Mortis Ia, Mortis II, Fame Ia, Amoris II, Fame I, Fame II, Fame III, Temporis, Eternitatis);
fol. 117v: colophon: Expliciunt triumphi amoris f[rancisci] p[etrarce] numero tredecim;
fols. 118r-119r: certificate of Petrarch’s coronation (‘Priuilegium ciuile. Laureato Francisci. petrarce sibi indultum a senatu et populo romano’; <inc> Ad eternam rei memoriam. Ursus Anguilarie comes et Jordanus de filijs Ursij. miles. alme urbis. Senatores Jllustres uniuersis ad quos p[rese]ntes littere p[er]uenerint; <exp> Poncelatus scriba Senatus. S[ub]s[crip]ta p[er] me Thoman quondam Johannis gregorij. dei gra[tia] alme urbis p[re]fecti auto[r]itate. nota[r]ium, et scribam);
fol. 120v: RVF 134;
fol. 121r-121v: RVF 272.
Other contents:
The ms. is Bartolomeo Sacchella’s autograph Zibaldone, which collects heterogeneous material over several decades, particularly during the 1450s and 1460s. The core is made up of Sacchella’s own fifty-nine poems, mostly frottole of moralizing content, written in a Lombard dialect. In addition to Petrarch’s poems and his poems, there is a series of Latin and vernacular texts. Sacchella also lists letters, proverbs, and excerpts from works by Latin authors (Juvenal, Seneca, Valerius Maximus) and religious authorities, such as Ambroise, Pope Gregory I, and Augustine.

Material Copy


Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense

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With the exception of Triumphus Amoris I (which only recalls the date of Petrarch’s enamourment with Laura) and Amoris III, all the capitoli in the Triumphi are preceded by a Latin prose summary by Sacchella. These brief prose texts explain the content of each capitolo and also provide either the first lines of following capitoli or some information regarding the order of the Triumphi. For instance, as regards Triumphus Mortis Ia (fol. 109v), the annotator reflects on its position within the work, arguing that it has been wrongly placed in other mss. at the beginning of the Triumphus Mortis, whereas it should, for reasons of internal cohesion, be placed between Mortis I and II. Occasionally, some variant readings are placed in the margins next to the compositions from the RVF and the Triumphi.


CS Braid. II, ad vocem
Polezzo Susto 2005, 53-74