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Gordan MS 154 Italy, s. XV3/4

Francesco Accolti

1. ff. 1r [Title:] Sonitum domini Malateste di Pisauro.

Questa caduca e momentanea vita/ priva de gracia pace e de quiete. . .

Stabile quagiu le cose essere non ponno/ A mondo in mondo e mondo de omne bene.

Rime 25, Malatesta de Malatesti, Rime, Domizia Trolli, ed., (Parma, 1981) 157.

2. ff. 1r-3v Sermo recitatus per Magnificem ac Insignem I. d. doctorem et militem d. Franciscum Arretinum ducalem Oratorem ad Sanctissimum d.d. paulum pontificem secundum nouiter creatum.

Inc. Letissimus ac iucundissimus de te Nuntius paule pontifex maxime nuper ad franciscum sforcianum illustrissimum ducem nostrum allatus est.

Expl.: Itaque nos eius nomine quicquid uirium potentie et dignitatis franciscus sforcia habet libenti et animo promptissimo tue magnitudini offerimus ac dicamus. [Concludes with 8 lines of unidentified verse:] Dixit Aretinus franciscus. desine Lector/ Mirari tantum ponderis atque salis. . . Crede nouum nostro uaronem uincte seclo/ Aut si quid maius Itala arratulit./ Finis ff. 4-6 blank.

Speech given by Francesco Accolti on behalf of Duke Francesco of Milan congratulating Pope Paul II on his accession to the pontificate in 1464. Etienne Baluze, ed., Stephani Baluzii Tutelensis Miscellanea novo ordine digesta et non paucis ineditis monumentis opportunisque animadversionibus aucta, opera ac studio Ioannis Dominici Mansi Lucensis (Lucae, 1762) vol. 3, 166-69. Michele Messina, "Francesco Accolti di Arezzo," Rinascimento 1 (1950) p. 320, no. 18.

Paper (watermarks: Briquet Fleur 6644), ff. ii (contemporary paper, i=front pastedown) + 6 + ii (contemporary paper, ii=back pastedown), 294 x 220 (125 x 120) mm., written in c.38 lines. No rulings visible.

I6.

Each article is written by a different scribe, both in fere-humanistic bookhands.

Paper worn and dirty on f. 1r and 6v, most leaves water-stained but no loss of text.

Binding: 19th century Italy. Colored paper boards with green and white triangles in a geometric pattern.

Written in Italy in the third quarter of the fifteenth century. Early provenance unknown. From the collection of Giuseppe Martini. Unidentified 3 x 5 card with description of manuscript in Italian accompanies text. Purchased from Kraus (catalogue description from Kraus accompanies text) by Howard Goodhart and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: omnia condita

Bibliography: Iter Italicum, p. 350, no. 154.

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