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[RVF and Triumphi – with annotations, Orlandi’s canzone on Triumphi, and index]


Current Location

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

I 88 Sup.
second half of the fifteenth century
Related to Petrarch's

RVF, Triumphi + Mortis Ia, Fame Ia


Physical Description: Format

290x217 mm; I + III1 + 90 + III fols.

Physical Description: Textblock

parchment (except modern flyleaves initial II-III and final I in paper); humanistic scripts by four separate hands (according to the sequence: fols. 1-33, 34-38, 39-47, 48-90); Petrarch’s poems with two verses per line and marginal annotations; decorated initials.

Visual Elements
Title Page

<inc> Oi [sic] che ascoltati [sic] inrime sparse el sono

Internal Description

fol. I1r: Latin couplet;
fol. II1r: title of the ms. (‘CANZONI, SONETTI et poesia uolgare di Francesco Petrarcha’) and note by librarian Antonio Olgiati dated 1603;
fols. II1v-III1v: blank;
fols. 1r-47r: RVF with additional disperse and annotations;
fol. 47r: FINIS AMEN;
fols. 47v-50v: blank;
fols. 51r-64r: Triumphi with annotations (‘Iste dies fuit vJ ap[ri]lis Mcccxxvij in quo phylocatus est de Laura’; order: Amoris I, Amoris III, Amoris IV, Pudicitie, Mortis I, Mortis Ia, Mortis II, Fame Ia, Amoris II, Fame I, Fame II, Fame III, Temporis; Eternitatis);
fol. 64r: colophon: Francisci petrarc[a]e laureati poet[a]e Triumphus VI et ultimus explicit;
fols. 64r-66r: alphabetical index of the first lines of RVF poems (under each letter of the alphabet, poems are listed in order of appearance);
fols. 66v-67r: one dispersa (‘Canzon di Messer F[rancesco] p[etrarca] la qual trouai in uno antiquissimo libro’; <inc> Quel che nostra natura i[n]se piudegno);
fol. 67r: colophon: finis;
fol. 67r-67v: [Alberto Orlandi’s] canzone on Triumphi ‘Beato el pregho tuo cortese et almo’;
Other contents:
fol. 68r-68v: Niccolò Cieco’s canzone (‘Maetro Nicolo cieco ad p[er]suadendu[m] pacem que e[x] co[n]traria p[ri]me: scilicet ad guerras’; <inc> Remia [sic] costui del mertuo suo signore’;
fol. 68v: Cornelio Balbi’s [actually Alessandro Sforza’s] tailed sonnet (‘Nel libro di Cornelio Balbi’; <inc> Piantar bronzine bricole et bombarde) penned by a sixteenth-century hand;
fols. 69r-70v: blank;
fols. 71r-89r: [Giusto de’ Conti’s La bella mano];
fol. 89r-90v: three of Niccolò Cieco’s canzoni (‘Maestro Nicolo cieco ad uirtutem i[n] genere’; ‘Ola [sic] diro uirtu chel mondo honora’, ‘misera sfazata al ben dispecta’, ‘Agnanimo [sic] Signor per quel amore’);
fols. Ir-IIr: blank;
fol. IIv: sonnet by anonymous author (‘In Ab†ate 1481 me[n]se martij ualde sofflarse borea’; <inc> Borea no[n] soffiare hormay qui tanto);
fol. IIIr: scattered words and Latin lines;
fol. IIIv: scattered words, lines, and repeated notes of possession with minor variations ‘Iste liber est domino marchesio de varisio’.

Material Copy


Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

I 88 Sup.
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Both RVF and Triumphi are annotated, though the latter much more heavily so. For RVF there are occasional annotations in red ink by humanistic hands either dealing with moments in the life of Petrarch (e.g. at fol. 43r on the date of Petrarch’s enamourment), or clarifying specific passages. Annotations in black ink usually deal with variant readings and mistakes in the text. For Triumphi, the annotations, in the margins and occasionally at the top and bottom of the fol., are penned in red ink by the same hand that transcribed the text. These annotations sometimes explain obscure passages, but more often deal with historical content, providing information on the vicissitudes affecting the historical and mythological figures mentioned by Petrarch. Notes in another hand attempt to provide historical discussion for the first series of annotations. Every single capitolo of the Triumphi is introduced by a brief foreword (summarizing its content) in red ink by the same hand that transcribed the text.
Orlandi’s canzone summarizes the content of the Triumphi. In the second stanza Orlandi states that he will illustrate the five subjects of Petrarch’s work (‘ti cantero lisuo [sic] cinq[ue] subiecti’). The text of the canzone makes precise references to Petrarch’s work, with a particular focus on the mythological figures (such as Jupiter Mars, Proserpine) mentioned in the Triumphi.
At fol. 71r, Ludovico Antonio Muratori inserts the title of the section 71r-89r of the ms.: ‘La Bellamano di Mess[er] Giusto de’ Conti Romano senatore. Vidit L[odovicus] A[ntonius] Muratorius’.
Initials in gold for RVF 3, 5; few maniculae.


P.MI 1904, 294-95
Banfi 1975, 97; Cavedon 2007, 225 (n. 14); FP Ambr. 2004, 78-79; Wilkins 1951, 180-81, 234, 246-47; Wilkins 1970, 370-72.