245x180 mm; I + 151 + II fols.
parchment; semi-gothic hand; Petrarch’s poems with one verse per line and prose text; one rectangular-box illumination, one architectural frame, historiated and decorated initials.
<inc> Uoi chascoltate in rime sparse il suono
fol. 1r: rectangular-box illumination (with RVF 1 below) with Laura standing and holding a laurel wreath and Petrarch standing at an altar on which is laid an open book, behind them seven ladies with garlands in their hair;
fols. 1v-148v: RVF including additional disperse;
fol. 148v: colophon: D[eo] G[ratias] A[men] Amen;
fol. 149r: blank;
fols. 149v-150r: Petrarch’s note on Laura (<inc> Laurea proprijs uirtutibus illustris et meis longu[m] celebrata carminibus; <exp> in expectatos exitus acriter ac uiriliter cogitanti), followed by the caption ‘Epistola francisci Petrarce reperta papie in uirgilio quodam veteri in folijs circa finem. Scripta manu p[ro]pria ip[s]i[us] petrarce ad rei tante memoriam. Vt premittitur Mccclxxviiij die xviiij Jullij’;
fol. 150r: three-line Latin epitaph for Petrarch (<inc> Frigida fra[n]cisci lapis hic tegit ossa petrarce);
fols. 150v-151r: blank;
fol. 151v: some Latin couplets by a later hand.
At fol. 59r, two marginal annotations in Latin probably by the same hand provide lexical explanations.
RVF 136-138 (fols. 59v-60v) have been erased, but were re-transcribed on the empty parts of the fols. by a later fifteenth-century hand.
Historiated initial for RVF 366 (fol. 146r); decorated initial in gold for every RVF poem and Petrarch’s note on Laura; at fol. 1r is an architectural frame (with floral decorations, medallions [in the upper corners] containing portraits of two bearded men, and [in the lower margins] a landscape with a woman and a man emerging from a tower [on the left] and three soldiers with two dogs [on the right]).
Mann 1975, 394-95; Mortara 1864, 87-88; Pächt and Alexander, II, 73; Italian Illuminated Manuscripts, 12