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Detailed record for King's 321

Part 1 ff. 1-48 
Author Petrarch
Title Il Canzoniere
Origin Italy, N. E. (Venice)
Date 1400
Language Italian
Script Gothic
Scribe Andrea da Badagio
Artists Cristoforo Cortese
Decoration 1 small miniature, in colours and gold (f. 1). 2 large historiated initials, accompanied by a three-sided foliate border, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 34). Smaller initials in gold on red and/or blue grounds. Paraph marks in plain red or blue. Capital letters at the beginning of each line highlighted in yellow.
Attributed to Cristoforo Cortese (Trapp 1992-93).
Dimensions in mm 325 x 245 (240 x 190) in two columns
 
Part 2 f. 49r-49v 
Author Dante Alighieri and Andrea da Badagio
Title Poems
Origin Italy, N. E. (Venice)
Date c. 1400
Language Italian
Script Gothic, probably written by Andrea da Badagio
Decoration Large initials in gold on red and/or blue grounds. Paraph marks in plain red. Capital letters at the beginning of each line highlighted in yellow.
Attributed to Cristoforo Cortese (Trapp 1992-93).
Dimensions in mm 325 x 245 (240 x 190) in two columns
 
Part 3 ff. 52-64 
Author Petrarch
Title Trionfi
Origin Italy, N. E. (Venice)
Date first quarter of the 15th century
Language Italian, with Latin notes
Script Humanistic cursive
Decoration Spaces for initials.
Dimensions in mm 325 x 245 (245 x 195) in two columns
 
Official foliation ff. 64 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 medieval and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation i-vi10 (ff. 1-60); vii6 (ff. 61-64, and 2 unfoliated flyleaves).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Red leather, stamped with the insignia of King George III; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Written by Andrea da Badagio: colophon 'Scrito per mano de Andrea da badagio in le prison de venexia 1400' (f. 48).
Added index to Il Canzoniere 15th century, in mercantile cursive script (ff. 50-51v).
Joseph Smith (b. 1673/4?, d. 1770), book collector and patron of the arts: listed in his catalogue (see Bibliotheca Smithiana seu catalogus librorum Josephi Smithii Angli per cognomina authorum dispositus (Venice: Pasquali, 1755), p. 367, col. 1); sold to King George III, along with the bulk of Smith's library and art collection, in 1762.
King George III (b. 1738, d. 1820).
Given to the British Museum by King George IV in 1823 as part of the library of King George III.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), III: Description of the King’s Manuscripts and Indexes to both Collections, p. 58.

Domenico De Robertis, ‘Censimento dei manoscritti di Rime di Dante (II)’, Studi Danteschi, 38 (1962), 167-276 (no. 177).

Frances Vivian, Il Console Smith: mercante e collezionista, Saggi e studi di storia dell-arte, 14 (Vicenza: Neri Pozza, 1971), p. 92.

Nicholas Mann, Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles, Censimento dei Codici Petrarcheschi, 6 (Padova: Editrice Antenore, 1975), no. 126.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 848, II, pl. 304.

Frances Vivian, The Consul Smith Collection: Masterpieces of Italian Drawing from the Royal Library, Windsor, Raphael to Canaletto (Munich: Hirmer, 1989), p. 43 n. 96.

J. B. Trapp, ‘The iconography of Petrarch in the age of Humanism’, Quaderni Petrarcheschi, 9-10 (1992-1993), 1-74 (p. 28, pl. IX).

Dizionario biografico dei miniatori Italiani: Secoli IX-XVI, ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Bonnard, 2004), p. 1040.


Images

Part  1   ff. 1-48
Petrarch Il Canzoniere
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Petrarch

f. 1
Petrarch
Detail

f. 1
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f. 1
Detail
 
Historiated initial

f. 34
Historiated initial
Detail

f. 34
Detail
Illuminated initials

f. 35v
Illuminated initials
 

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