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LUL MS.F.4.5: Petrarch, Rime (fragment). In Italian. Italy. Mid 15th century.

Bound with Lives and Miracles of St Jerome. In Italian. Italy. 15th-16th century.

Detail of MS.F.4.5: Petrarch, Rime (fragment)(1) Petrarch, Sonetti i-xi; canzone i:

Physical description: On paper. 12 leaves, 290 x 210 mm. Fragment.

Contents: With index of first lines of the complete Canzoniere. Catchword on f.11v. From a MS originally containing about 140 leaves.

Decoration: Initials: 4-line blue and red, with red ornament f.10; 2-line red initials (blue on f.12v).

Binding: In 18th century or later, bound with MS F.4.5(2)

Provenance 1800-1900: Entry from English bookseller's catalogue.

Provenance 1845-1900: Bookplate of W. Harry Rylands (1847-1922).

Provenance 1900-1900: Thomas Glazebrook Rylands (1818-1900) bequest (1900): Rylands catalogue, pages 5-6.


Bound with:
(2) St Jerome, Lives, preceded by Table of chapters.

Physical description: On paper. 108 leaves. 16th century pagination. Frame ruling. 290 x 210 mm.

Contents: Italian translation of four Latin lives of St Jerome; with a short anonymous capitolo, 'O falso mondo pieno di molti inghanni'. First line of writing above frame.

Decoration: 2-line initials red with violet, or blue with red ornament.

Binding: 18th century, with title: VITA DI S. GIRO.

Provenance 1800-1900: Entry from English bookseller's catalogue.

Provenance 1845-1900: Bookplate of W. Harry Rylands (1847-1922).

Provenance: Thomas Glazebrook Rylands (1818-1900) bequest (1900): Rylands catalogue, page 11.

Published citations:

(1) 1975: Nicholas Mann, Petrarch manuscripts in the British Isles (1975).

(2) Texts in: Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina, 3866-3868, 3875. Former MSS handlist records, "The final poem is a 'Capitolo' and the MS is therefore probably late 15th c. or early 16th cent.  (R.W. Faithfull)."

Published descriptions

  • 1900: John Sampson, A catalogue of the books ... bequeathed by the late Thomas Glazebrook Rylands ... to the Library of University College Liverpool (Liverpool: University Press, 1900).
  • 1983: N. R. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983).


Microfilm copy available for consultation.

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