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Canzoniere and Trionfi: MS 170

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Canzoniere and Trionfi


Author: Petrarch
Scribe: Salla, Antonio da




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + 185 fols. (fol. 2 a later insertion) + i paper flyleaf, 240 x 150 mm (175 x 80 mm), 30 verse lines, ruled in hard point, vertical catchwords

BINDING: Eighteenth century, gold-tooled brown leather over wooden boards, with carta bassanese marbled endpapers, marbled edges.

fols. 3r-98v Petrarch, Canzoniere, 1-263
fol. 99r-99v Nota de Laura
fol. 99v Petrarch, Epistola to Giacomo da Colonna (Rerum familiarum, II, 9)
fol. 99v Petrarch, Epistole metrice 7
fols. 100v-140v Petrarch, Canzoniere, 264-366 with omissions
fols. 142r-178r Petrarch, Trionfi (Mann 1975, 165)
fols. 179r-185v Alphabetical index of first lines to the Canzoniere

DECORATION: Double-page architectural frontispiece (fols. 1v-2r) in the form of two steles, each on a gold plinth flanked on the left by an urn and on the right by a swan, with text FRANCISCI PETRARCAE POETAE CLARISS. VULGARIA FELICITER INCIPIUNT. DD. (fol. 1v) and SONETTI, & CANZONI DI Messer. FRANCESCHO PETRARCHA .DD. (fol. 2r), a full-page bust-length author portrait in an architectural frame on a gold ground housed in an arched frame with legend FRAN: PET: EFFIG: beneath (fol. 2r).

ORNAMENATION: Three faceted initials [6-9 ll.] in liquid gold and red on solid grounds of green or dark grey with foliate interlace in blue and gold or blue and red at the start of the Canzoniere and the Trionfi; plain initials [2 ll.] in blue, pink, green and purple for each canzoniere up to fol. 11v, thereafter blue only; rubrics in epigraphic capitals in gold, blue, pink, green and purple; scrolling blue, green and pink linefiller and partial border on fol. 1r.


History note: Possibly owned by Count Antoine Apponyi (d. 1817) of Vienna; to his son, Count Louis Apponyi of Nagy Appony, Hungary; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10-15 November 1892, lot 928; bought by Samuel Sanders (1837-1894); presented by him to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1892.

Place(s) associated

  • Veneto

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1892) by Sanders, Samuel


15th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1465 CE - Circa 1470 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Quel chen finita providenza
  • Location: Fol. 4r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 170
Primary reference Number: 176670
Project ID: 396
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 December 2023 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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