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Detailed record for Harley 3478

Author Dante Alighieri and Petrarch
Title Canzoni, Ballate, Rime, Trionfi , and other poems
Origin Italy, Central (Poggibonsi, Tuscany?)
Date 1424
Language Italian
Script Humanistic cursive
Scribe Giuliano Giovenzi da Poggibonsi
Decoration 1 initial in gold and colours with foliate decoration (f. 1). 3 large blue initials with red penwork decoration (f. 26, 104v, 137). Numerous alternating initials in red or blue at the beginning of poems. Rubrics and headings in red.
Dimensions in mm 295 x 215 (195 x 120)
Official foliation ff. 164 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1964.
Provenance Written by Giuliano Giovenzi da Poggibonsi: colophon reads, 'Expliciunt sonetia cantileneque dantis aligerij necnon francisci petrarce [...] triumphique. Scripte et complete per me iulianum ser michaelis iacobi de iuvenzis de podiobonezi sub anno 1424 die primo mensis aprilis. Gratias agimus qui vivis et regnas in secula seculorum amem. Deo gratias' (f. 163v).
Nathaniel Noel (fl. 1681, d. c. 1753), bookseller, employed by Edward Harley for buying books and manuscripts chiefly on the Continent, where his agent was George Suttie (see Wright 1972): sold to Edward Harley on 20 January 1721/22.
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, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley ‘20 die januarij, A.D. 1721/2’ (f. 1).
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 Horizontal catchwords. There are three sonnets in a later hand (f. 164). One of these is by Petrarch.
The fore-edge is inscribed: 'CANZONE DEL DANTE'.
Watermark similar to C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dès leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600, A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. by Allan Stevenson, 4 vols (Amsterdam: Paper Publications Society, 1968), no. 15865, att. Prato 1427, Pistoia, Fabriano 1430).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 3478.

Remigio Sabbadini, ‘Niccolò da Cusa e I conciliari di Basilea alla scoperta dei codici’, Rendiconti della Reale Accademia dei Lincei, 20 (1911), 3-40 (pp39-40, n. 2).

Domenico De Robertis, ‘Censimento dei manoscritti di Rime di Dante (II)’, Studi Danteschi, 38 (1962), 167-276 (no. 176).

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by C. E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 138, n. 8.

C. E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), p. 254.

Nicholas Mann, Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles, Censimento dei Codici Petrarcheschi, 6 (Padova: Editrice Antenore, 1975), no. 111.

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), no. 757.

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: Accedunt Alia Itinera: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries 7 vols (London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: Brill, 1963-1997), IV (1989), p. 171.


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