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MS 48 (olim Gordan MS 51) Italy, s. XVmed

Poggio Bracciolini / De nobilitate, etc.

1. ff. 1r-38v Ad insignem omni quoque laude prestantissimum virum Gherardum Cardinalem Cumanum Poggii florentini de nobilitate liber incipit.

Inc.: Non dubito prestantissime pater nonnullos esse futuros qui hunc meum laborem non quidem aperte reprehendant.

Expl.: Nunc autem quoniam uis estus paulum declinauit, de ambulandum extra oppidum censeo uisendumque fluuium quem iste nobis sepius ob fertilitatem piscium laudauit.

Poggius Bracciolini, De nobilitate; R. Fubini, ed., Opera omnia I, (Torino, 1964) 64-83.

2. ff. 38v-43v Epistola poggii florentini ad insignem uirum d. Gregorium Corarium sedis apostolice Prothonotarium.

Inc.: Poggius Plurimam salutem dicit viro insigni gregorio Corario sedis apostolicae prothonotario. Optarem mi Gregori amantissime ut libellus quem de nobilitate composui antea quem a me esse editus prior in manus tuas peruenisset.

Expl.: Sed inter cetera tua scribendi modestia atque humanitas fuit michi gratissima ut plane epistola tua tue uirtuti et suauissimis moribus conuenire uideatur. Vale et me ut facis ama. florentie die octauo aprilis 1440. Finis.

Poggio Bracciolini, Letter 8.18; R. Fubini, ed., Opera omnia III (Torino, 1964) 223-228.

3. ff. 43v-46r Caroli arentini de nobilitate carmen Lege feliciter.

Inc.: Quid sit nobilitas scribere liberis/ Temptas quod pedibus tollere dum cupis...

Expl.: Vltra quas possuit durior hercules/ Metas nauigiis est male peruium. f. 46v-47v blank.

Carolus (Marsuppinus) Aretinus, Carmina Illustrium Poetarum Italorum, VI (Firenze, 1720) 282-284.

4. ff. 48r-103 Ad clarissimum virum franciscum barbarum Poggii florentini contra auaritiam. Incipit.

Inc.: Quoniam plures mortalium mi francisce non uiuunt sed agunt uitam, hoc enim omnium est illud perpaucorum fortunati illi esse uidentur...

Expl.: Sed cum satis collocuti simus et nox superuenerit abeundum censeo. Ita omnes consurrexerunt. Finis Poggii florentini contra auaritiam. Liber explicit. f. 103r blank.

Poggius Bracciolini, De avaritia; R. Fubini, ed., Opera omnia I (Torino, 1964) 1-31.

5. ff. 103v-105v Epistola francisci petrarce. Ad fratrem Iohannem de colonnia podagram familiarem esse diuitibus.

Inc.: Anilem tibi fabulam, sed ex re ut flaccus ait garrio. Aranea iter agens, forte obuiam habuit podagram, et quo inquit tam mesta proficisceris.

Expl.: ...quo inde si pellere uis podagram pelle delitias, si malum omne uis pellere pelle diuitias et uale ad fontem forgie xo kal Julias.

Petrarch, Familiarum rerum, III, 13; V. Rossi, ed., Le familiari v. 1 (Florence, 1933) 131-33.

6. ff. 106r-107v Ad Clementem sextum Romanorum pontificem fugiendam medicorum turbam. epistola eiusdem.

Inc.: Febris tue nuntius pater beatissime tremorem membris meis at horrorem, attulit nec id circo blandi loquens aut similis dicar illi de quo satiricus ait.

Expl.: Ad hec et [exact]am tui custodiam et que ad salutem [corpori]s miris modis adiuuant, spem bonam ac [letum] animum habeto, si te, si nos [o]mnes, si t[ecum e]grotantem ecclesiam saluam cupis. iiii [one or two words, pehaps a date, have been effaced]. f. 108r blank.

Petrarch, Familiarum rerum, V, 19; V. Rossi, ed., Le familiari v. 2 (Florence, 1933) 43-45.

7. ff. 108v-113r francisci petrarce poete Revocatio amici a periculosis amoribus.

Inc.: Verba michi nunc metus ac dolor eliciunt. Alterum sine altero forsam tacitus tulissem. Scio quidem scio quod est quid te et huic uite deditos.

Expl.: Qui et ubi sim nosti quod te moneam intelligis quid de te metuam uides. uale caue circumspice. f. 113v blank.

Petrarch, Familiarum rerum, IX, 4; V. Rossi, ed., Le familiari v. 2 (Florence, 1933) 217-223.

8. f. 114r Aureus numerus

Superior tabula ostendit quo mense et qua die fit pasca et semper...

f. 114v blank.

An Easter table

Parchment, ff. i (modern parchment=front pastedown) + 114 + ii (modern parchment, ii=pastedown), 222 X 160 (134 X 75) mm., modern foliation; modern quire signatures in lower right corner, recto. Articles 1-4: 21 lines, ruled with faint vertical bounding lines in hard point or ink (Derolez 13.11); articles 5-7: 21-23 lines, ruled with a double vertical bounding line on the left and a single on the right, in red ink (Derolez 13.22). Remains of pricking in right margin.

I8, II12, III-VI10, V8(-7), VI-VIII10, IX8, X12, XI10, XII10(-8, 9 mutilated, 10 pastedown). Horizontal catchwords in lower margin varying from the center to right of center (Derolex 12.1 and 12.2).

Articles 1-4 and 8 written by several scribes in a neat humanistic book hand above the top line; articles 5-7 written by two scribes in a humanistic cursive book script above the top line.

The Poggio texts, articles 1-4, have fine decorations at the beginning of each section of text. On ff. 1r and 48r the text begins with an illuminated 4-line gold initial on a white-speckled pink, blue, and green ground, brown branchwork twines around the initial. Extending from the initial along most of the inner margin penwork vinestems, gold-filled penwork seedpods and leaves are intermingled with more naturalistic pink, blue, and orange flowers and large blue and green leaves. On f. 1r a finely drawn grey and white owl (see image above) sits amid the flowers. The lower margin on f. 1r is filled with a blue shield, its device effaced, surrounded by ornate pink and blue acanthus, vines, flowers, and seedpods. On f. 48r the margin decoration shows an arrangement of over-sized pink carnations and more abstract penwork florets spilling from an elaborate gold urn. Similar 3-line initials with more modest penwork marginal extensions of flowers and seedpods begin ff. 3r, 38v, and 43v, while on f. 50r a similar 3-line initial is accompanied by more elaborate decoration of vinework, carnations, leaves, and seedpods extending along most of the inner margin. All of the articles have red display text and red or black marginal notation. In articles 5-7 spaces for decorative initials have been left unfilled, guide letters for decorator visible.

Binding: 20th c. parchment.

Written in Italy in the middle of the fifteenth century. Early provenance unknown. In the library of Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.; her bequest to Bryn Mawr College (Bookplate) in 1995.

secundo folio: uel maxime

Bibliography: Faye & Bond, p. 399, no. 51. Iter Italicum, vol. 5, p. 351, no. 51. B. L. Ullman, Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States (Padova, 1964) 460. Dennis Dutschke, Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States (Padua, 1986) 219, no. 88.

 

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