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MS 41 (olim Gordan MS 54) Italy, s. XVmed

Giannozzo Manetti, Poggio Bracciolini, Leonardo Bruni / Orationes ad nicolaum V, etc.

1. ff. 1r-10v

Florentinorum Legatorum Oratio ad congratulandum Nicholao quinto summo pontifici increatione sua habita Rome per doctissimum eloquentissimum mannecti in publico et gienerali [sic] consistorio incipit feliciter.

Inc.: Si nobis coram sanctitate tua beatissime pater iam genibus flexis oraturis tantam dicendi facultatem attributam fuisse intelligeremus quantam fidele et accuratum commisionis nostrae munus exigere...

Expl.: Caeterum quaedam alia restant quae cum sanctitati tuae placuerit, opportunioribus locis atque temporibus referemus. Finit.

Heinz Willi Wittschier, Giannozzo Manetti: Das Corpus der Orationes (Köln Graz, 1968) 79-84.

2. ff. 11r-19r

Doctissimi atque eloquentissimi Viri poggii ad summum pontificem Nicolaum Quintum Oratio incipit lege feliciter.

Inc.: Scio consuetudinis esse beatissime pater omnium qui ad tuam sanctitatem tum uisitandi gratia tum legationis officio primum accedunt ut orationem habeant aut gratulationem pro hac amplissima dignitate...

Expl.: Iam emeritis stipendiis in coloniam more priscorum ad requiem corporis ad labores animi destinandus quod nisi tua in me beniuolentia assequar nescio cuius fauor et opera sit amplius exspetendam. Finitus Romae Kalendas madii Mccccxlvii pontificatus maximi Nicolai quinti anno primo.

Poggii Florentini oratio ad summum pontificem Nicolaum V; R. Fubini, ed., Opera omnia I (Torino, 1964) 287-292.

3. ff. 19r-24r

Magistri Francisci de paduanis de Florentia ordinis minorum Theologi excellentissimi ad Nicolaum Quintum Summum pontificem epistula congratulatoria incipit. Lege feliciter.

Inc.: Si quid Beatissime pater de rerum tuarum magnitudine hac breui oratione dissero quod ad tuam uel laudem uel gloriam magis pertinere uideatur.

Expl.: Ibi ego solium glorie tenere te cupio cum amplexo petro ac ceteris caeli ciuibus annuente domino nostro ihesu christo cui laus sit honor et gloria per infinita secula seculorum. Amen. Raptim ex florentia xxii Martii anno domini Mccccxlvii.

Franciscus de Padua de Florentia. See Archivum Franciscanum Historicum 3 (1910) 555.

4. ff. 24r-26r

Clarissimi atque eloquentissimi uiri Leonardi Arretini oratiuncula ad summum pontificem Martinum Quintum incipit lege feliciter.

Inc.: Consueuerunt beatissime pater qui legationis officio fungentes sedem apostolicam et sanctissimam adeunt quantum ipsi uerbis oreque adanin [sic] possunt.

Expl.: Sunt alia quaedam a nobis seorsum tuae beatitudinis explicanda que cum tempus dabitur exponemus. Finita.

Leonardo Bruni, Oratiuncula ad Martinum V; E. Santini, ed., Leonardo Bruni Aretino e i suoi Historiarum Florentini Populi Libri XII (Rome, 1977) 158-160.

5. ff. 26r-27v Imperatori

Inc.: Serenissime ac gloriossisime princeps et domine post humilem recommendationem gloria et magnitudo et omnis prosperitas sit in perpetuum tibi gloriosissime princeps rex. Haec omnia nos deuoti filii tui precamur et optamus per diuinam gratiam tibi celitus ex hiberi nec optamus modo uerum etiam speramus et credimus fore propter uirtutum tuarum prestantissimam excellentiam.

Expl.: Mercatores autem egratiam et benignitatem regiam in suis negotiis reportent. Datum.

Leonardo Bruni, State Letter for the Commune of Florence to the Emperor.

6. ff. 27v-31v Concilio Basiliense

Inc.: Reuerendissimi in Christo patres et domini post humilem recommendationem. Audiuimus litteras quasdam diffamatorias ciuitatis nostrae publicatas fuisse apud sacrum basiliense concilium sub nomine ac titulo domini ducis mediolani...

Expl.: Nec tam imprudenter facturis iste sapientiam sacri concilii de insipientia reprehendere a usu temerario praesumet. Data et cetera.

[Leonardo Bruni] State letter for the Commune of Florence to the Council of Basel.

Parchment, ff. ii (paper, i= frontpastedown) + 31 + ii (paper, ii= back pastedown), 203 x 156 (128 x 73) mm., contemporary foliation, 21 lines, ruled with single vertical bounding lines in ink (Derolez 13.11).

I-III10 (+ f. 31). Horizontal catchwords in center of lower margin (Derolez 12.1).

Written by a single scribe in a small, round, humanistic bookhand below the top line, with many spelling errors, some corrected by an almost contemporary hand. Marginal notes, perhaps by the hand responsible for the corrections.

F. 1r includes a 4-line gold initial on a blue ground entwined with white-vine stems on a pink, green, and dark blue ground; vine work and ground extend beyond the letter into the upper margin and downward about 2 lines. In the lower margin a border in the same style surrounds a shield, argent, with a unicorn rampant gules. This coat of arms appears to be a later addition. Similarly styled 4-line initials may be found on f. 11r and 28r; 3-line initials on f. 19v and 24r. On f. 26v a simpler gold initial infilled with green and pink stands on a square blue ground to which a few thin gold lines have been added. Headings in pale red. The contents of this manuscript may be compared to manuscript 928, Biblioteca Riccardiana in Firenze, which includes all six of these texts, and H VI 31, Biblioteca Comunale in Siena, which includes articles 1-4. See Iter Italicum, vol. 1, p. 211, and vol. 2, p. 154.

Binding: modern calf. Vertical gold stamp on spine: Oratio Florentinorum ad Nicolaum V. Note on verso of f. i: Restored by J. McDonald Co. East Norwalk, Conn.

Written in Italy around 1450-60. The arms on f. 1r suggest that the first owner was probably a member of the Picenardi family of Cremona. Bought by Sir Thomas Phillipps from Payne. Phillipps number 4209 written on front pastedown in lead; on f. 1r in right lower margin in ink, on a printed label in the inner margin, and in the upper margin in lead. Also on f. 1r, in gutter, in ink "]light cf". On front pastedown, in lead: "£ 24--". Purchased from E. P. Goldschmidt by Howard L. Goodhart, and left by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.; her bequest to Bryn Mawr College (bookplate) in 1995.

secundo folio: [cu]pientes

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 399-400, no. 54. Iter Italicum, vol. 5, p. 351, no. 54. James Hankins, "Bruni Manuscripts in North America: a Handlist," Nuovi Studi Storici 10 (1991) 55-90.

 

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