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Trionfi: MS McClean 172

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Current Location: In storage




Author: Petrarch
Scribe: Mangona, Niccolò




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i parchment flyleaf + 42 fols. + i parchment flyleaf, 223 x 145 mm (137 x 70 mm), 27 verse lines, ruled in hard point, catchwords

BINDING: Contemporary, possibly Florentine (Mann 1975, 168), red leather over wooden boards with bevelled edges, sewn on four supports, gold-tooled with panels of cable-pattern and foliate motifs.

fols. 1r-14r Petrarch, Trionfo dello Amore
fols. 14r-81r Petrarch, Trionfo della Pudicia
fols. 18v-21v Petrarch, Trionfo della Morte
fols. 21v-36r Petrarch, Trionfo della Fama
fols. 36r-38v Petrarch, Trionfo dello Tempo
fols. 39r-41v Petrarch, Trionfo della Eternita

ORNAMENTATION: One faceted initial [N, 4 ll.] in gold and red on a square ground of solid colour with foliate motifs in gold, accompanied by a one-sided classicizing border of urns and foliage in red, green and purple with gold highlighting on a shredded blue ground, and in the lower border, a circular laurel wreath with putti supporters on a shredded purple ground, housing a shield of arms, now overpainted with new arms, a red crayfish on a blue ground (fol. 1r); five faceted initials [3 ll.] of the same type for major text divisions (fols. 14r, 18v, 21r, 36r, 39r); eight faceted initials [2 ll.] of the same type for minor text divisions (fols. 4r, 7v, 11r, 14r, 17v, 21v, 28r, 30v).


History note: Original arms over-painted; Ambroise Firmin Didot (1790-1876), his bookplate on verso of upper pastedown; his sale, Paris, 1881, lot no. 41; Frank McClean (1837-1904); his bequest, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Naples

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


15th Century, fourth quarter
Production date: circa AD 1480

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Que due pien dipaura & disospecto
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 172
Primary reference Number: 176627
Project ID: 484
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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