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[RVF and Triumphi – with index]


Current Location

Biblioteca Nacional de España

Vitr. 22-1
second half of the fifteenth century
Mode of exegesis
Related to Petrarch's

RVF, Triumphi + Mortis Ia, Fame Ia


Physical Description: Format

357x228 mm; I + 191 fols.

Physical Description: Textblock

parchment; humanistic script; Petrarch’s poems with one verse per line and prose texts; four rectangular-box illuminations; three architectural frames; historiated and decorated initials.

Visual Elements
Title Page

<inc> ‘A’ A pie de colli oue la bella uesta

Internal Description

fol. Ir: dedication to a Spanish envoy by a later hand, repeated at fol. 190r, followed by barely legible words and the date 1570;
fol. Iv: three sixteenth-century notes of possession;
fols. 1r-7r: alphabetical index of the first lines of RVF poems (under each letter of the alphabet, poems are listed in order of appearance and accompanied by the specification ‘post mortem’);
fol. 7v: blank;
fols. 8r-10r: scattered letters;
fol. 10v: decorated coloured tondo inscribed in a double laurel frame containing the title of the ms.: ‘IN QUESTO ORNATISSIMO LIBRO SE CONTENGANO LI SONETTI CANZONE ET TRIVMPHI DEL PRESTANTISSIMO POETA MESSER FRANCESCO PETRARCA’;
fols. 11r-108r: RVF 1-263 with the additional dispersa ‘Donna mi uiene spesso ne la mente’ at fol. 35v (‘INCOMINCIANO LI SONETTI ET CANZONE DE LO ELEGANTISSIMO POETA MES[SER] FRANCESCO PETRARCA’);
fols. 108r-149v: RVF 264-366;
fol. 150r-150v: scattered letters;
fols. 151r-187r: Triumphi (order: Amoris I, Amoris III, Amoris IV, Amoris II, Pudicitie, Mortis Ia, Mortis I, Mortis II, Fame Ia, Fame I, Fame II, Fame III.1-99, Temporis 7-126, Eternitatis 7-145);
fol. 187r: inscription with the name of the copyist: ‘MANV MATTHÀEI DOMINI HERCVULANI DE VVLTERRIS’;
fol. 187v: blank;
fol. 188r: Petrarch’s note on Laura (<inc> LAurea [sic] proprijs uirtutibus illustris, & meis longum celebrata carminibus; <exp> in expectatos exitus acriter ac uiriliter cogitanti);
followed by an extract from Petrarch’s Latin letter to Giacomo Colonna (Fam. II.9) (<inc> QVID ergo ais finxisse me mihi speciosum Laur[a]e nomen; <exp> Tibi pallor; tibi labor meus notue est. VALE);
fols. 188v-189v: blank;
Other contents:
fol. 190r: one sonnet by anonymous author (‘Jlustri legato hispano comes bertholomeus chalipius congratulat[ur] de uictoria hispanioru[m] contra gallos’; <inc> hispanus ferus hinc, illinc quoque gallicus hostis).

Material Copy


Biblioteca Nacional de España

Vitr. 22-1
Copy seen by

Fols. 11r and 151r have a rich architectural frame with floral decorations, medallions, small animals and cupids; at the bottom of fol. 11r is a coat of arms of the Spanish families Figueroa, Mendoza, and Enríquez, which presumably substituted the original coat of arms of the Montefeltro family. A similar architectural frame was designed for each Triumphus as testified by the architectural frame in pen, clearly unfinished, for Triumphus Pudicitie at fol. 162v. Triumphus Amoris, Pudicitie, Mortis, Fame are decorated with rectangular-box illumination representing the corresponding Triumphus (fols. 151r, 162v, 166v, 176r). Historiated initial for RVF 1, representing Petrarch holding a book; decorated initials in gold for each RVF poem, each Triumphus, and each subsequent capitolo. The ms. was penned by amanuensis Matteo di Ercolano Contugi (or Matteo di Volterra).
Missing lines of Fame III, Temporis, and Eternitatis due to the loss of fols.


Domínguez Bordona 1933, I, 387-90 (n. 942); Durrieu 1893, 313-14; Paz y Mélia 1902, 145-51; Villar 1995, 205-08