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Detailed record for Egerton 1148

Author Petrarch
Title Sonetti and Canzoniere (ff. 10-150), Trionfi (ff. 151-187v) (ends imperfectly), preceded by a table
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1480
Script Humanistic
Scribe Tommaso Baldinotti of Pistoia (b. 1451, d. 1511)
Artists Perhaps by Attavante degli Attavanti (according to the unpublished notes by A. C. de la Mare, Oxford, Bodleian Library).
Decoration 2 large historiated initials with full foliate borders, containing medallions with different burning elements, putti, and heraldic arms, in colours and gold (ff. 10, 151). 1 large initial in gold on a blue ground with a partial border of branches with little flames (f. 108v). 5 large initials in gold on blue and green grounds with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the chapters of the Trionfi (ff. 163v, 167, 173v, 183v, 186v). Small initials in gold with little red flames.
Dimensions in mm 155 x 85 (110 x 50)
Official foliation ff. 187 (+ 1 unfoliated original leaf after f. 9; + 5 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 13 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled blue-black leather; gilt edges.
Provenance An unidentified member of the Medici family, late 15th century: arms and small medallions with the initials A and G, and its device of a flame, with different burning elements, as well as burning initials throughout (ff. 10, 151).
A possible shelfmark number?: paper-slip with the inscribed number '.IX.IV.XXXIV.' (inside upper cover).
Mr B. Hertz, a dealer of Great Marlborough St, London, according to the handwritten annotations in the BL Manuscript Department's copy of his anonymous auction catalogue, Sotheby's, 7 August 1846, lot 70, bought by Bohn for 8 guineas (the date and price in code in pencil on the last flyleaf; the lot number encircled on the first flyleaf).
Bought by the British Museum from Henry Bohn, 22 May 1847 (note on 3rd flyleaf), for £20, using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes The volume appears to have originally contained also the sonnets of Dante, as a table of them follows that of the sonnets of Petrarch (f. 8).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1846-1847 (London: British Museum, 1864), Eg. no. 1148.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 26.

Domenico De Robertis, ‘Censimento dei manoscritti di Rime di Dante (II)’, Studi Danteschi, 38 (1962), 167-276 (no. 172).

Nicholas Mann, Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles, Censimento dei Codici Petrarcheschi, 6 (Padova: Editrice Antenore, 1975), no. 87.

Albinia de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli, 2 vols, ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, pp. 395-574 (p. 540).


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Historiated initial

f. 10
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Illuminated initial

f. 108v
Illuminated initial
Historiated initial

f. 151
Historiated initial
 
Decorated initial

f. 167
Decorated initial

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