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Gordan MS 153 Italy, s. XVex

Francesco Patrizi / Epigrammata

ff. 1r-101r Francisci patricii senensis pontificis caietani Epigrammaton Liber Ad librum suum. [Q]uo periture fugis, penetralia nota reliquis/ Non expectatis fratribus ire cupis.

Expl.: Testis ero in campis: nulla est fuga brute philippis/ Imminet ecce grauis poena luenda tibi. [Three couplets completing this poem have been added on f. 101r in an 18th-century hand:] Sic quid quales: dominum me ferre parentes

. . . Sed si parens tenax uictorem fecerit horae/ Non uixisse sat est, sed perisse iuuat.

Francesco Patrizi, Epigrammata. A collection of epigrams, usually in elegiac couplets, concerning Patrizi's friends, family, political matters, and verses inspired by classical authors. L. F. Smith, in "A Notice of the Epigrammata of Francesco Patrizi, Bishop of Gaeta," Studies in the Renaissance 15 (1968) 92-143, discusses MS 153, the only known copy of Patrizi's Epigrammata. He also prints 23 of the epigrams in full, and appends a list of titles and first lines to all 345 epigrams.

Paper (watermarks: Briquet Oiseau 12204), ff. i + 101 + ii, 265 x 168 (180 x 105) mm, modern foliation. Written in 28 ruled lines, with double horizontal and vertical bounding lines, full length, in hardpoint (Derolez 13.36). Ruled on a board.

I-X10 (+ f. 101).

Written by a single scribe in a humanistic cursive below the top line. Marginal notations in several fifteenth- and sixteenth-century hands, including some in Greek (including a citation on f. 41v from Odyssey 10. 304-5 which Patrizi paraphrases in the facing epigram).

Poem titles in red. Spaces for initials left open, guide letters plainly visible.

Binding: Parchment; two leather ties on back cover; one on front, with the hole for the other tie visible. On spine in ink: "FRAN: PA[ ] Epig." This title is partially covered by a paper label on which "FRANC./ PATRI-/ CII/ EPIGRA-/MATA" has been lettered in ink. Lower on spine in ink: "268".

Written in Italy at the end of the fifteenth century. This manuscript was no. 99 in the library of the monastery of S. Michele di Murano in Venice, where it was described by G. B. Mittarellius, Bibliotheca codicum manuscriptorum monasterii S. Michaelis Venetiarum prope Murianum (Venice, 1789) coll. 669-670, 852-854. Later provenance unknown. In the possession of Ludwig Bertalot, and given by his heirs to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: Quem melius

Bibliography: Iter Italicum, v. 6, p. 351-52, no. 153.


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