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Detailed record for Harley 5761

Author Petrarch
Title Trionfi (ff. 11-52v); Rime (ff. 55-195)
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language Italian
Script Humanistic
Scribe The scribe of the Ottoboni Livy
Artists Attributed to Francesco di Antonio del Chierico
Decoration Full border, historiated initial, and medallion in colours and gold (f. 11). Full floral border, inhabited intial, and small medallion in gold and colours at the beginning of the Rime (f. 55). 5 other full borders with historiated initials and medallions in colours and gold (ff. 24, 29, 36, 47, 50). Partial floral borders in colours and gold at the beginning of chapters (ff. 13v, 17, 19v, 27, 32, 38v, 41, 43v). Numerous small gold initials on blue, pink, and green grounds. Title in epigraphic capitals in blue and gold framed by the Medici device of a diamond ring (f. 10v). Alternating blue and gold lines of text for the first three verses of the Trionfi, and alternating blue and gold initials for each tercet. Roman numerals in red in the table of first lines (ff. 1-7v) and for the numbering of the sonnets.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 75 ( 85/90 x 40/45)
Official foliation ff. 195 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling and marbled endpapers.
Provenance The Medici family (member unidentified): the Medici device of diamond ring (e.g. ff. 10v, 11); its arms of eight roundles gules on a shield, or, disposed (f. 11).
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts.
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Vertical catchwords.
The same scribe also wrote Harley 3547 (see Mann 1975, p. 308; de la Mare 1985).
Francesco di Antonio del Chierico (b. 1433 (in Florence), d. 27 October 1484).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5761.

[J. A. Herbert], British Museum: Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 2, 3rd edn (London: British Museum, 1923), pl. 48.

[J. A. Herbert], Illuminated Manuscripts and Bindings of Manuscripts Exhibited in The Grenville Library, Guide to the Exhibited Manuscripts, 3 (Oxford: British Museum, 1923), no. 101.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 237.

Nicholas Mann, Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles, Censimento dei Codici Petrarcheschi, 6 (Padova: Editrice Antenore, 1975), no. 122.

A. C. de la Mare and A. M. Brown, ‘Bartolomeo Scala’s dealings with Booksellers, Scribes and Illuminators, 1459-63,’ Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes , 39 (1976), 237-245 (p. 244 n. 49).

Cyril Ernest Wright, 'Manuscripts of Italian Provenance in the Harleian Collection in the British Museum: Their Sources, Associations and Channels of Acquisition', in Cultural Aspects of the Italian Renaissance. Essays in Honour of Paul Oskar Kristeller, ed. by C. H. Clough (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1976), pp. 462-84 (p. 483 n. 75).

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. 549). II, pls 286-90.

J. B. Trapp, ‘The iconography of Petrarch in the age of Humanism’, Quaderni Petrarcheschi, 9-10 (1992-1993), 1-74 (pp. 46, 60).

Janet Backhouse and Yves Giraud, Pierre Sala: Petit Livre d'Amour, Stowe MS 955, British Library, London, Kommentar, Commentaire, Commentary (Luzern: Faksimile Verlag, 1994), p. 271.

Dizionario biografico dei miniatori italiani: Secoli IX-XVI , ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Sylvestre Bonnard, 2004), p. 229.


Images
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Medici devices

ff. 10v-11
Medici devices
Petrarch

f. 11
Petrarch
Triumph of Love

f. 13v
Triumph of Love
 
Triumph of Chastity

f. 24
Triumph of Chastity
Triumph of Death

f. 29
Triumph of Death
Triumph of Death

f. 29
Triumph of Death
 
Triumph of Fame

f. 36
Triumph of Fame
Triumph of Fame

f. 36
Triumph of Fame
Triumph of Time

f. 47
Triumph of Time
 
Triumph of Eternity

f. 50
Triumph of Eternity
Triumph of Eternity

f. 50
Triumph of Eternity

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