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Name: Franciscus Petrarca Epistolae Seniles

Repository: Collection of L. F. Fitzhardinge

Settlement: ACT

Associated Manuscript Items:
Epistolae Seniles

Library ref:

Acquisition: P. M. Barnard, sold the MS L. F. Fitzhardinge in 1934

Binding: Binding 18c. (?) mottled calf over boards. Spine carries floral arabesques in blind and the gilt lettering PETRACHA (sic) / SENILIUM.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree except between the first and second gatherings,

Collation: (10)1-10. Ar. mottled, Av.ÑBr., Cr.ÑDr. blank, Dv. mottled. A quire is missing between the present fols 10 and 11


Condition: Edges cut and tinted red

Deco desc: Italian: red rubrics; caps blue, with red penwork. Seven illuminated initials (40 x 40mm.) in gold, mauve, blue, red, green, white, with marginal leaf sprays interspersed with spangles on 3v., 11r., 25r., 40v., 54v., 68r., 81r., 96v.

Dimensions: 340 x 235 mm

Extent: iv + 100

Foliation: 16c. foliation in arabic numerals 121Ñ 30, 141Ñ230

Hand desc: Italian littera gothica textualis


Layout: two cols each of 40 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: Sotheby and Co., Catalogue of valuable printed books . . . the property of a gentleman who is giving up his London residence, for sale Monday, November 13, 1933, London 1933, item 14; K. V. Sinclair, ÔA new fragment of PetrarchÕs Epistolae SenilesÕ, Speculum, Vol.XL (1965), pp.323Ñ5; Exhibition, .16, no.26.

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Orig date: s. xv1

Orig place:


Provenance: inside front cover is the en graved ex-libris of I. I. Middleton; the volume was sold at SothebyÕs in 1933 and acquired by P. M. Barnard

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 14



Support: vellum, fly leaves i-iv modern paper the water-mark of which is A.C.


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