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[RVF and Triumphi – with annotations and index]


Current Location

Bodleian Library
United Kingdom

Canonici Ital. 79
late-fourteenth century
Related to Petrarch's

RVF and Triumphi + Mortis Ia and Fame Ia


Physical Description: Format

208x145 mm; II + VI1 + 168 + II fols.

Physical Description: Textblock

parchment; semi-gothic hand; Petrarch’s poems with one verse per line, with annotations irregularly distributed on the sides; decorated initials.

Visual Elements
Title Page

<inc> Voi ch’ascoltate inrime sparse ilsuono

Internal Description

fols. I1r-VI1r: alphabetical index of the first lines of RVF poems (under each letter of the alphabet, poems are listed in order of appearance);
fol. VI1v: blank;
fols. 1r-137r: RVF with annotations;
fols. 137v-168v: Triumphi (order: Amoris I, Amoris III, Amoris IV, Amoris II, Pudicitie, Mortis Ia.1-21+Mortis I.3-102 and 133-172, Mortis II, Fame Ia.1-22+first half of Fame Ia.23+second half of Fame I.23+Fame I.24-130, Fame II, Fame III, Temporis, Eternitatis, Mortis I.103-132).

Material Copy


Bodleian Library
United Kingdom

Canonici Ital. 79
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Marginal annotations by the same hand provide missing words and lines; some numbers (dates?) are added by a different contemporary hand in the margins, close to some lines (e.g., close to RVF 2.1-2 [‘Era il giorno ch’al sol si scoloraro | per la pietà del suo factore i rai’] is ‘3.m.137’); other marginal annotations by at least two later different hands either provide variant readings, or paraphrase some words, or else give a few short contextual explanations to some RVF poems (usually related to the content, the author’s intention, and the occasion that brought Petrarch to compose the poem, e.g., at fols. 2r, 95v, and 99r); some maniculae and passages highlighted by vertical strokes close to the end of the lines.
While transcribing Triumphus Mortis I, the copyist omitted lines 103-132; he later added these lines at fol. 168v, close to which he wrote ‘Questi 30 uersj colleghatj furo ala[r]tj [sic] et p[er]o sono rim[—] quj. uogliono esse[re] i[n]questo a fo[lio] 154’; at fol. 154r, close to Triumphus Mortis I.102, the copyist wrote ‘Io dico che qui[n]ta era la ora [—] deluna est[†]eo oltre a quest[—] de sopra | et piu 29 uersi che fu[—] tichati a lo scriuer ep[er]o sono nela ultima carta doppo la [—] di questo libro’.
The ms. is a palimpsest, written over various fourteenth-century Italian and Latin texts (see Mann 1975, 413).
Decorated initials for RVF 1 (fol. 1r) and Triumphus Amoris I (fol. 137v).


Mann 1975, 412-13; Mortara 1864, 96