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Petrarch; author
Mangona, Niccolò; scribe
; production


Frank McClean


illuminated manuscript


other; type of text


circa 1480


fifteenth century, last quarter


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).

Place (legacy):

Italy, production, region
Florence, place
Naples, place


illumination; whole


parchment; support
gold; medium




bequeathed; 1904; McClean, Frank


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.


McClean, Frank; previous owner
Didot, Ambroise Firmin; previous owner


secundo folio; Que due pien dipaura & disospecto


Splendours of Italian Illumination: Romanesque - Gothic - Renaissance. 1989 - 1990
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Notes: unpublished handlist of an exhibition held in the Adeane gallery, October 1989 - February 1990
Catalogue number: 104


James, Montague Rhodes, Dr. 1912. A descriptive catalogue of the McClean Collection of Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press
pp. 330-331, pl. CI

Mann, N.. 1975. Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles.Padua: p. 167-69

Morgan, Nigel. Panayotova, Stella. Reynolds, Suzanne. 2011. A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges. Part Two. Vols. 1-2: Italy and the Iberian Peninsula.London: Harvey Miller Publishers
cat. no. 319

de la Mare, A. C.. Questa, C.. Raffaelli, R.. 1984. The Florentine Scribes of Cardinal Giovanni of Aragon.Urbino:
Source Title: Il libro e il testo. Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Urbino, 20-23 Settembre 1982(1984) : 243-93

p. 278, cat. no. 36

de la Mare, A. C.. Garzelli, A.. 1985. New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence.Florence:
Source Title: Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento 1440-1525: Un primo censimento I (1985) : 395-600
p. 518


Object Number: MS McClean 172
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 176627; input: 2010-05-02; modified: 2017-04-25)


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