273x196 mm; II + 41 + 80 + II fols.
parchment; semi-gothic hand; most poems with two verses per line; some poems with one verse per line (but arranged in two columns); two architectural frames, historiated and decorated initials.
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fol. 11r: title by a later hand (‘Indice delle Rime dell’immortale Petrarca’);
fols. 11r-31r: alphabetical index of the first lines of RVF poems (under each letter of the alphabet, poems are listed according to order of appearance);
fol. 31v: blank;
fol. 41r: title by the same hand as that of fol. 11r (‘Canzoniere di Messer Francesco Petrarca’);
fol. 44v: title by the same hand as that of fols. 11r and 41r (‘Manoscritto Delle Rime dell’immortale Petrarca’);
fols. 1r-56v: RVF 1-261 with dispersa ‘Donna mi viene spesso nella mente’;
fol. 56v: a note by the same hand as that of fols. 11r and 41r (‘Qui manca il Sonetto CCXXV “Arbor vittoriosa e trionfale” che è scritto in fin del volume, insieme coll’altro “Cara la vita e dopo lei mi pare”’);
fols. 57r-72r: RVF 264-366;
fol. 72v: a note in Latin by a later hand (‘Tempus no[n] rem[†]at tacitis quod preterit horis | Post damnu[m] pentire [††]let mihi crede nientu[m] [sic]’);
fol. 73r: RVF 262 and 263 (previously not copied), and below a short note in Latin by a different hand (‘ante peregrinus [††]t | Su[m] pius eneas libicis ereptus ab ondis [sic] | Italia[m] quere[n]s Amen laus deo sit semper’);
fols. 73v-77r: blank;
fol. 77v: some scattered words in Italian by a later hand;
fol. 78r: some scattered lines in Italian by the same hand as that of fol. 77v;
fol. 78v: five lines in Italian by the same hand as that of fols. 77v and 78r;
fol. 79r: other 5 lines in Italian by the same hand as that of fols. 77v and 78r-78v;
fol. 79v: a sonnet by a different hand (‘Sconsolato alborselo [sic] ancor se viuo’);
fol. 80r: a few scattered words by a different hand;
fols. 80v: a few other scattered words by a different hand.
Occasional marginal annotations by the same hand as that of fols. 11r, 41r and 56v either point out which poems had not been previously included in Petrarch’s printed editions (e.g., the note ‘Questa canzone non è tralle stampate’ is written close to ‘Donna mi uene spesso ne la mente’, fol. 27r), or signal the misplacing of some other poems in the collection (e.g., at fol. 48v); a few maniculae.
Historiated initials in gold for RVF 1 showing Petrarch writing (fol. 1r) and RVF 264 showing Petrarch writing at his desk (fol. 57r); decorated initials for all other RVF poems; at fols. 1r and 57r is an architectural frame with many illuminated medallions at the top and at the bottom of the fol.
Mann 1975, 169-70