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Gordan MS 33 Italy, s. XV2

Humanistic commonplace book

1. f. 1 blank. ff. 2r-27r Incipit Leonardus Justinianus de ducenda muliere qualis debeat esse. [Letter:] Maiores nostri Laurenti carissime beneuolente uel necessitudine sibi coniunctos in nuptiis donare consueuerunt. . . et hoc qualecumque opus pro mutua nostra beneuolentia instar preclari muneris in hisce nuptiis tuis suscipies.

 

[Heading:] Tractatus [Text:] [A]ntequam de lecto vxoris et officio dicere incipio de ipso coniugio prius pauca michi dicenda sunt. . . vt non quemadmodum cetera vsu frangi. ac conteri possit. vt quod ab optima fide. ac animo certe tibi de deditissimo proficisceretur. finis huius. Venerabilis magister oro grate suscipite hec scripta celeriter [the following six words are in Czech] Amen.

Francesco Barbaro, De re uxoria, with prefatory letter to Lorenzo di Giovanni de' Medici.

2. ff. 27v-28v [Heading:] de aspernando coniugio [Text:] Sit laus de oribus [?] . . . dalida samsonem vicit. dauid quem salmonem non esse sassone maior. dauid nec salamone. Two leaves have been torn out between ff. 28 and 29; f. 29 blank.

Unidentified poem followed by several quotations on the subjects of women and marriage.

3. ff. 30r-45r [In upper margin:] Incipiunt regule clarissimi viri Guarini Veronensis in grammatica. [Text:] Partes grammatice sunt quattuor videlicet littera, sillaba, diccio et oratio. littera ut. . . Rarius is reliquitur plus pluris [?] quoque litis Expliciunt regule clarissimi viri Guarini Veronensis in grammatica. f. 45v blank.

Guarino Veronese, Regulae Grammaticales.

4. ff. 46r-49v [In upper margin:] Incipit et bonus textus de primis et secundis intentionibus domini francisci moronis

 

[Text:] Quia lo[g]ica est de secundis intentionibus adiunctis primis. . . Et he orationes [unclear word] de hac materia sufficiant Amen. Explicit bononie per me Lucam de Sussicz. Amen. Four leaves have been cut out between ff. 49 and 50 with some loss of text, since f. 50r begins incompletely.

Unidentified text.

5. f. 50r-v //fatebar testibuendos Cui cum sacerdos mecum. . . tibi tibique satis factum putabis. Poggius Mariano Sororino [Text:] Refert in prima tusculanorum questionum Cicero. . . inter eos se consciens veri sancte in//

This leaf contains part of an unidentified text (a Poggio letter?) which begins incompletely and a letter from Poggio Bracciolini to Mariano Sozzini which ends incompletely.

6. ff. 50v-52r Non est mirandum nescioquem infamem pasionem adolescentemque impurum. . . quod te magis quam vlla doctrina famosum fecit//

Poggio, Invectiva contra Perrotum, ends incompletely.

7. f. 52v leonardus aretinus salutem dicit poggio [Text:] Nichil opinior me iuuissent commentaria illa tua. . . ex familiaribus exemplum scribendi prebet. vale.

Leonardo Bruni, letter to Poggio Bracciolini.

8. ff. 52v-57v leonardi Aretini viri eloquentissmi ad reuerendissimum Sancte Crucis cardinalem in Aristotelis vitam prefacio

 

[Preface:] Quanta uerba aristoteles philosophus atque adeo generi humano. . . finitur prefacio incipit Vita [Text:] Aristoteles philosophus ex oppido fuit nomine Stagirica. . . horum pro multitudine pauci exstant sed credo optimi atque probatissimi.

Leonardo Bruni, Life of Aristotle.

9. f. 58r-v Johannes Goslubsky polonus Gaspari caput bouis

 

[Text:] Quem non delectet amantissime Gaspar tua incredibilis humanitas. . . vale ex studio nostro nona die augusti 1458.

Johannes Goslubsky Polonus, letter to Gaspar Caput Bovis.

10. ff. 58v-59r Albertinus Cremonensis Gaspari Caput bouis.

 

Accepi nouissimas a te litteras. . . doctoribus ac scolaribus me commendes ferarie amen

Albert of Cremona, letter to Gaspar Caput Bovis.

11. ff. 59v-60r Quo vos equidem clarissimi patres et egregii scolares. . .celestilius uerbis [next five words unclear] Amen. dixi.

Anonymous (perhaps Lucas de Sussicz), Oration in praise of Bologna.

12. f. 60r Johannes Garzonus Bernardo Justiano S. P. D. Cum sepenumero ad me delatum esse. . . uterer si scribendi ocium nactus fuissem. Vale et me ama.

Johannes Garzanus, letter to Bernardo Justiano.

13. ff. 60v-61r Cupiebam ego reuerendissime presul hodierna die. . .deus dirigat corda et corpora vestra in caritate dei et in pacienciam christi. Amen deo gracias.

Anonymous graduation speech given at Bologna.

14. ff. 61v [Title:] Super 3o [Text:] Seniores patres optimi uicariorum. . .qui vero eterno pro nostre salutis misterio// f. 62r blank

An oration on Aristotles' de Anima ends incompletely.

15. ff. 62v-70v . . . Senectutem ego meam ita ad hanc diem produxi . . . ut hoc seculum nostrum insam [sic] prodigio purges.

Continuation of Poggio's Invectiva contra Perrotum from f. 52r.

16. ff. 71r-77r Posteaquam in deligendo vitre quam quidem Cicerone difficilima. . . dum hos reget artus habere non recuset. f. 77v blank

Opening lecture given by Baptista Guarino, professor at Bologna, on Cicero's Rhetoric.

17. f. 78r Optarem domine sapientie professores excellentissimi ac patres. . . clarius cognoscent. dixi

Graduation speech given by a student.

18. ff. 78r-v [Heading:] Congratulacio que a domini dominum legatum bononie edita a doctissimo et prestantissimo viro petro Insulano Senensi feliciter incipit. [Text:] Non mediocrem autem voluptatem concepi. . . Vniuersos qui huius optime verbis cives perpetuo tibi devinxerit.

Speech given by Petrus Insulanus Senensis congratulating the legate at Bologna, Bessarion. This speech is repeated without the heading on f. 80r-v.

19. f. 78v-79r Miscellaneous excerpts including a 2-line epitaph of Vergil: Mantua me genuit calabri rapuere tenet nunc. . .

20. ff. 79r-80r Oratio quedam pulcherrima in laudem sanctissime theologie feliciter incipit. [Text:] Multa super quicum pro huius de amplitudine preferenda vehementius erubesco. . . duce ac preceptore perpetuam gloriam obtinere possimus. finis. dixi.

Anonymous (Augustinus Novellus Patavinus) oratio in laudem theologiae.

21. f. 80v [Heading:] de generis referendis [Text:] Chrysostomus super matheum. . . qui oblitus est beneficium. amen.

Unidentified text.

22. f. 80v Graciarum accio [Text:] Rem mihi per difficilem ac arduam. . . quos iter possum verbis gracias ago

Unidentified text.

23. ff. 80v-81r Alia graciarum accio [Text:] Xenophon ille attunensis socratis discipulus. . . sumo orationem et cum perfruamur. dixi.

Anon. (Lapus Castelliunculus), Alia graciarum accio.

24. ff. 81r-? Arbitror honorandissimi patres animos forte viros. . . venio ad rem ipsam. . .

Graduation speech by a jurist. Text is confused: speech perhaps interrupted on f. 81v. A heading "accio graciarum" is followed by one or two paragraphs after which the first line of the graduation speech is repeated and the speech seems to resume, ending on f. 82r: . . . in rigoroso examine tali munere dignos iudicastis."

25. ff. 82r-v Three anonymous letters.

26. f. 82v Quod binis tuis litteris nichil respondebo. . . et tamen scribo aaron is omnino neminem. vale.

Antonio Beccadelli, letter.

27. f. 83r-v Three anonymous letters.

28. ff. 83v-84r Petrus de beccaria et cum [respondeo?] antisti herbipolensi ducique prepotenti franconie s.p.d. . . beneuolenti ac fide sit superior ueniremus certo conperies. Vale.

Letter to the Bishop of Würzburg. A small rectangle of paper (87 x 110 mm.) numbered 84b on the recto has been tipped in between ff. 83 and 84. On the text on the verso titled: Reccomendacio brevis [nom?] sacerdotis.

29. f. 84r-v Demostenis ad allexandrum oratio pulchra [Text:] Nichil habet rex allexander uel fortuna tua maius quam ut possis. . . nulla de laudibus tuis ampliorem fore quam eam quam hodierna die cum hoc feceris es consecuturus.

Oratio Demosthenis ad Alexandrum, translated by Leonardo Bruni.

30. ff. 84v-85v Roglerius comitis [Text:] Illustri et excelso comiti Galiacio Marie et cetera Publio Comiti. feliciter tam et si comptum habeo comes illustrum. . . et studiis tuis uolumus auxilio quem fauorisimi futurus datum mediolani in kalendas aprilis[?].

Roglerius Comitis, letter to Galeazzo Maria Sforza and reply.

31. f. 85v Series of maxims on love and fortune.

32. f. 86r Arenga in principiando lecturam [Text:] Si quispiam vestrum P[atres] collendissimi scientes. . . deique meos [p**dos] excute corde metus.

Unidentified text.

33. f. 86v Anthonius Astesanus Anthonio mirolio spd. Epistolas tuas et amicas et suaues et ut paucis multa complectar. . . hoc pacto ni fallor quod optamus consequeris. Vale et me de harum receptione tecum effice. Ex papia iiii nonas.

 

Anthonius Athestanus Laurencio valle salus Nuper cum essem papie me reddite fuerunt ornatissime littere tue. . . posterum congratulor huic etati. Vale feliciter.

Two letters by Antonius Astesanus; the first to Antonius Miroli, the second to Laurenzo Valla.

34. ff. 87r-88r [In upper margin:] Commendatio theologie [Text:] Quanto equidem de studio illustrissime Rector. . . et docere legere et quidem didicerimus peregre alios hoc docere quondam. dixi

Oration in praise of theology.

35. f. 88v-89v Ad disputationem respondentis arenga [Text:] Sumere ingensque quidam ab immortali mihi domino. . . si quis insuper inde est.

Scholastic disputation.

36. ff. 89v-91v [Title:] Descriptio regis ladislai Juuenculi Valde pulchris.

 

[Text:] Res noua pater collendissime et fortasse mira videbitur. . . plus inuenietis leticie quam prepare prophetas fuerit. Ex Gren kalendas octobris 1443.

Description of King Ladislaus by Pius II.

37. ff. 91v-92r [Title:] Domino francisco de [comadveroco?] consistoriali.

 

[Text:] Ex purgatoria quam inculpationem qui pluribus litteris. . non ero immemor tui quia te amo et tibi cupio bene esse vale.

Unidentified text.

38. f. 92r-v Two unidentified letters.

39. ff. 92v-93v Johani Aurispe siculo Eneas Siluius s.d. nescio quid cause sit. . .

Two letters by Pius II, one to Giovanni Aurispa and the other to Giovanni Peregallo.

40. ff. 94r-96r Quo in id meam venit in mentem lectissimi patres. . .ad quem nos perducat qui viuit et regnat per infinita secula benedictus amen.

Anonymous oration.

41. ff. 96v-101v Cum magnopere spectarem ut. . . et meipsum totum meaque omnia ne sanctitati dedam atque comendem. dixi.

Anonymous oration.

42. f. 102r-v Two unidentified texts

43. ff. 103r-110v Aronus senex amore procreande sobolis. . . cum ieunio et abstinentia seruauit franciscus petracha vates clarissimus.

Ps. Petrarch, Aronus et Marina.

44. ff. 110v-118r Istoria recitata secundo a petrarcha que recitata fuerat primo a domino Johanne bochacio. [Text:] [L]ibrum tuum quem materno nostro eloquio ut opinior olim iuuenis edidisti. . . quod pro suo mortali coniuge hec rusticana muliercula passa fuit Deo gracias Amen ff. 118v-119v ruled but blank.

Petrarch, The History of Griselda; missing ending.

45. ff. 120r-121v Dubitans ego iam pridem vtrum me ad te scribendum hoc tempore. . . ut pro summa virtute tua et tibi consulas atque uerbis. Vale.

Anonymous letter.

46. ff. 122r-124r De morte [Text:] Humanam vitam Religiosi fratres mille quotidie mortis casibus mille calamitatibus. . . non moriamur honeste qui quidem omnibus qui nati sumus semel tandem moriendum est. Valete. finis

Oration on death.

47. ff. 124v-127v Incipit oratio funebris francisci philerphi [sic] hermita in funere Thodeschini. [Text:] Quamque non obscure futurum animaduertens illustres viri et amplissimi patres. . .Mediolani in templo domini Ambrosii m cccc xl. Amen. f. 128 blank [in a later gothic hand: "Mille homini species et rerum discolor usus Sera sed grauis deum ulcerio"; seven leaves have been cut out between ff. 128 and 129 probably with some loss of text.

Funeral oration by Francesco Filelfo on Stefano Frederico Todeschini.

48. f. 129r-v Two anonymous letters

49. ff. 129v-130r Epistola bargazie ad nicolaum episcopum bononiensem. [Text:] Adolescens is qui has tibi tabellas consignabit magne quidem in studiis. . . ad confessionem quem ad studium consuetum para.

Two letters by Gasparino Barzizii one to Nicolaus Bishop of Bologna, the other to Thomasius Mazarellus.

50. f. 130r Leonardi Arretini ad Nicolaum Nicoli [Text:] Non puto opus esse ut multis verbis. . . peto in quo tu peruenire studeas te est atque et rogo. Vale.

Letter from Leonardo Bruni to Nicolo Niccoli.

51. ff. 130v-132v Exemplum cum captamus beneuolentam auram persona exponendo incomoda materia et bona exempla que subductum gasparini pergamensis existiuit. [Text:] Tanta mihi incomoda sunt indices que uel amplius. . . ita indicare ut neminem tibi auponam comparem paucos.

Exempla exordium for letters.

52. f. 132v Eximie sapiente et eloquente viro domino Johanni lamole amico nostro Romano. [Text:] Constituit nos florentius populus ut studio . . .

Anonymous letter to Giovanni Lamole.

53. f. 133r Carolus Arretinus Johanni Lamole s.p.d. morte leonardi arretini viri eloquentissimi nostroque nicolai nicolai. . . vale florencie xiii Kalendas augusti anno 1446.

Letter from Carlo Aretino Marsuppini to Giovanni Lamole.

54. f. 133r-v Ancient epigrams and epitaphs

55. ff. 134r-135r Incipit Epistola Beati Ieronimi presbyteri de honorandis patribus et matribus aliter parentibus lege feliciter. [Text:] Parentum initio subiugans filios omnipotens deus seruiendi legem in officiis posteris dedit. . . meretur cum fratribus a domino coram angelis coronari et est fidelis in bononia anno 1459.

Jerome, Epistola 11, De honorandis parentis, copied in Bologna 1459.

56. ff. 135v-140r Oratio ex parte domini cesaris suderia ad Beatissimum Calixem papam per eneam episcopum et monacum senensem poetam laureatum oratorem missum facturam. [Text:] Solent plerique omnis beatissime maxime pontifex qui adtendamus. . . tue pietati indebitur lacius exponemus finis pii pape secundus.

Oration by Pius II.

57. ff. 140r-141r Sermo domini Lamole ad Ancianos [Text:] Celebre et famosum aput maiores nostros omnis sapientie. . . non mediocrem de ipsis tocius ciuitatis expectationem superare possint.

Oration by Giovanni Lamole delivered in Bologna

58. ff. 141v-145v Gabrielis Theglacii poethe florentini de morte preceptoris sui Lamole Bononiensis lamentatio. [Text:] Materiam adeo dolorosam atque lugubrem hoc tempore. . . supernam assecuto inuidere videramur. Vale florentie xi Julii 1450.

Oration by Gabriel Thegalcius on the death of Giovanni Lamole.

59. ff. 146r-147r Apocryphal letters attributed to Jerome, Pliny, etc.

60. f. 147v Differentia inter virum bonum et yppocritam secundum leonardum arretinum [Text:] Tibi propositum est ut rectus videatur illi. . . nonne. bonus et sincerus vir hec scit omnia quorum cum gratia facit.

Leonardo Bruni, excerpt from In hypocritas.

61. ff. 147v-149r Lukiani opusculum per aurispam de greco in latinum translatum [Preface:] Sepe ac multum ea mente cogitaui. . . ipsum Lukianum audias sic ducere [Title:] Dyalogus karon nauta inferorum loquitur [Text:] Audite quo quidem pacto nostro se negocia. . . atque vitam cumque animate necesse est. dixi.

Dialogue of Charon, translated by Rinuccio d'Arrezo.

62. ff. 149r-150r Andrieta Serius Fulchius Rontius [Text:] Heus heus quo pergis se non procul an quo inquam. . . et tu vox adolescens demque plaudite. dixi. [Two lines of Czech followed by a quotation from Seneca end the dialogue.]

Anonymous dialogue.

63. ff. 150v-151r Declamatio peregrini Veneti Lex amantibus data est quos procatorum efficamus diuersa virginis nuperia seruauerunt eam coniugio ducat lex est hic casus sequitur [Text:] Lesbiam duo adolescens amabant albius nempe et phalerus. . . qui illuc ite [sic] putauit. dixi.

Declamation of a Venetian pilgrim: a dialogue between Albius and Lesbia.

64. ff. 151v-154r Maiores nostri orbem Terrarum variis modis diuiserunt scilicet in provincias Regiones Tritaria Agros vrbes Iugera perticas passus gradus cubitos pedes palinas digitos uncias et cetera [Text:] Provincie in ytalia decem septem sunt. . . vt sunt cinophagi barbari Scaleni Scoiti Bretanes Alementani. finis f. 154 ruled but blank.

Geographical treatise of the world.

65. ff. 155r-168r Guarini Veronensis ad clarum phisicum philippum mediolanensem plato feliciter incipit [Text:] Multum diuque animoverti philippe vir doctissimi humanitatem tuam. . . illud obueniet absentem absens auditque videtque. Explicit vita platonis.

Guarino Veronese, Life of Plato.

66. ff. 168r-170v leonardus Vgoni Senensi salutem plurimam dicit. Frequenter dubitari percipio in hac noua ethicorum interpretatione. . . ut in greco sunt ita in latino fideliter conuertisse. Vale.

Leonardo Bruni, letter to Hugo Senensis.

67. ff. 171r-175r Series of apocryphal letters between St. Paul and Seneca.

68. ff. 175v-181v Proverbia Senece [Text:] Alienum est omne quidquid optando euenit. . . Zelari autem hominibus viciosum est. finis

Publilius Syrus, Sententiae here attributed to Seneca.

69. ff. 182r-183v Libellus Senece de moribus [Text:] Omne peccatum est accio. accio autem omnis voluntaria tam honesta. . . nil facias. quod fecisse peniteat.

Excerpt from Seneca.

Paper (watermarks intermingled throughout: three hands holding objects all similar to Briquet Main 11614, and an unidentified letter N), ff. 183, 348 x 244 (213 x 154) mm., modern foliation. Most of this ms. is written in single columns with the exception of article 2 which is two columns. The lines range from 25-44 lines, with a variety of different rulings. Articles are bounded with single vertical and (usually, but not always) horizontal bounding lines, usually in lead (article 1 has double vertical lines). About half the text has been ruled, the other haft is unruled. Remains of prickings in all three outer margins.

I14 (-14), II12, III6 (-5, 6), IV12, V12 (-9-12), VI16, VII12, VIII-IX16, X10, XI12 (-9-16), XII12, XIII10, XIV12, XV10 (-8, 9, 10). Catchwords in lower right margin visible in quires I, II, IV, VI, IX, XII, and XIII. Quire and leaf signatures on the first half of the leaves in quires I and II, and leaf signatures on the first half of the leaves in quires XI and XII.

Written in four different hands usually below the top line.

Occasional rubrication and simple 2-line initials in red.

Binding: Original white deerskin over wooden boards; rebacked; single square brass clasp on front depicts lamb of god, on back cover remnants of leather fastener. On paper label on spine: "II. 52"; Goodhart number 33 on smaller paper label glued to first label.

Written in Bologna by four students, one of whom identifies himself as Lucas de Sussicz. According to Berthold L. Ullman, Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States (Padua, 1964) no. 63, this same Lucas in owned British Museum, Harl. 2678 in 1479. Previously in the library of Prince Alexander Furst Dietrichstein at Nikolsburg in Moravia. Obtained from Maggs by Walter S. Goodhart, and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1683, no. 33. Iter Italicum, p. 350-51, no. 33. Dennis Dutschke. Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States (Padua, 1986) no 87.

 

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