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[Triumphi and RVF – with index]


Current Location

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Vatican City
Vatican City

Ott. Lat. 2998
fifteenth century
Mode of exegesis
Related to Petrarch's

RVF, Triumphi + Fame Ia and Mortis Ia


Physical Description: Format

150x110 mm; I + 201 fols.

Physical Description: Textblock

parchment; humanistic script; Petrarch’s poems with one verse per line; seven full-page illuminations, eight architectural frames, historiated and decorated initials.

Visual Elements
Title Page

Litriomphi demesser Francesco Petrarcha

Internal Description

fol. 1r: title (‘Litriomphi demesser Francesco Petrarcha’);
fol. 1v: blank;
fol. 2r: full-page illumination of Triumphus Amoris within a rich architectural frame;
fol. 2v: blank;
fols. 3r-50r: 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, Temporis, Eternitatis); each triumph is preceded by a full-page illumination within a rich architectural frame: Triumphus Amoris (2r), Pudicitie (16r), Mortis (22r), Fame (30r), Temporis (42r), and Eternitatis (47r);
fols. 50v-51v: blank;
fol. 52r: full-page illumination (with Petrarch sitting under some trees and Laura standing on his right, below whom is Apollo chasing Daphne) within a rich architectural frame;
fol. 52v: blank;
fol. 53r-53v: blank;
fols. 54r-192v: RVF;
fol. 192v: colophon: Finis;
fol. 193r-193v: blank;
fols. 194r-200r: alphabetical index of the first lines of RVF poems (under each letter of the alphabet, poems are listed in order of appearance);
fol. 200r: colophon: Finis. Laus deo;
fols. 200v-201v: blank.

Material Copy


Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Vatican City
Vatican City

Ott. Lat. 2998
Copy seen by

Occasional marginal annotations by a later hand provide some missing lines.
Historiated initial for RVF 1 showing Petrarch praying (fol. 54r); decorated initials in gold for every capitolo of the Triumphi and every RVF poem; at fols. 2r, 16r, 22r, 30r, 42r, 47r, 52r, and 54r, richly decorated architectural frames; at the bottom of fols. 2r, 16r, 42r, and 52r, four coats of arms (of an unknown family, of the Orsini, Farnese, and Della Rovere family, respectively).


Iter, II, 422b; Vattasso 1909, 123-24
Cohen 2000, 316; Gratton 1982, 40; Guerrini Ferri 1986, 159, 172, and 177; Guerrini Ferri 2006, 182, 200-01, and 210; Maddalo 2004, 250; Ruysschaert 1972, 317; Trapp 2001, 82