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[RVF and Triumphi with Bruni’s life of Petrarch and index]


Current Location

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Vatican City
Vatican City

Chig. L. IV. 114
fifteenth century
Mode of exegesis
Related to Petrarch's

RVF, Triumphi + Fame Ia and Mortis Ia


Physical Description: Format

200x115 mm; 195+ I fols.

Physical Description: Textblock

parchment; cursive humanistic script; Petrarch’s poems with one verse per line and prose text; seven rectangular-box illuminations, eights architectural frame, and decorated initials.

Visual Elements
Title Page

<inc> A pie decolli oue labella uesta

Internal Description

fol. 1r: note of possession by a sixteenth-century hand (‘Questo libro edi p[ie]ro di pazzino luchalb[er]ti citt[adi]no fior[enti]no edi luchalberto suo figl[iol]o’), before it a smaller fol. (bound in the ms.) with bibliographical notes by a seventeenth-century hand;
fol. 1v: blank;
fols. 2r-8v: alphabetical index of the first lines of RVF poems (under each letter of the alphabet, poems are listed in order of appearance);
fol. 9r-9v: blank;
fol. 10r: rectangular-box illumination with a man running towards a woman who is about to be transformed into a laurel tree; below which is RVF 1, and at the bottom of the fol. is a coat of arms;
fols. 10v-149v: RVF 2-366;
fol. 149v: colophon: τελωσ;
fols. 150r-187r: Triumphi (order: Amoris I, Amoris III, Amoris II, Amoris IV, Pudicitie, Mortis Ia, Mortis I, Mortis II, Fame Ia, Fame I, Fame II, Fame III, Temporis, Eternitatis); each triumph is preceded by a rectangular-box illumination: Triumphus Amoris I (150r), Pudicitie (162r), Mortis I (165v), Fame Ia (172r), Temporis (182r), Eternitatis (184v);
fol. 187r: colophon: Francisci Petrarce poetae clarissimi de tempore triumphus sextus et ultimus de eternitate finit;
fol. 187v: blank;
fols. 188r-195r: Bruni’s life of Petrarch (‘Incipit vita Francisci petrarce poetae clarissimi edita per Leonardum arretinum’, <inc> Francesco Petrarca huomo digrande ingegnio & non diminore virtu; <exp> maxime perche lauirtu è certa & lacorona taluolta per lieue giudicio cosi achi non la merita come achi lamerita dare sipuote);
fol. 195v: blank.

Material Copy


Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Vatican City
Vatican City

Chig. L. IV. 114
Copy seen by

Decorated initials for RVF 1 (fol. 2r) and every first capitolo of the Triumphi (fols. 1r, 150r, 162r, 165v, 172r, 182r, 184v); all fols. with decorations have an architectural frame; decorated initial in gold for all other RVF poems, the other capitoli of the Triumphi, and Bruni’s life of Petrarch (fol. 188r).


Iter, VI, 395b; Narducci 1874, 17-18; Pellegrin 1976, 81-82
Cohen 2000, 311; Gratton 1982, 41; Guerrini Ferri 2006, 181, 198, 200, and 210; Hankins 1997, 189; Nascimento 2004, 328 and 346; Trapp 2001, fig. 51.