Petrarch's Italian Works

Petrarch's Italian Works – Franco Cosimo Panini Editore – Ms. Casanatense 924 – Biblioteca Casanatense (Rome, Italy)

Probably Venice (Italy) — 1470

The Canzoniere, the Trionfi, and the Rime estravanti: the three most famous works of Petrarch combined in the most extensive Petrarch manuscript of the Italian Renaissance

  1. This Petrarch (1304–74) manuscript from the Biblioteca Casanatense unites three of his most famous works

  2. Il Canzoniere, Trionfi, and the Rime estravaganti were united in a Venetian manuscript ca. 1470

  3. It also contains a long unknown verse, making it the most comprehensive Petrarch specimen today

Petrarch's Italian Works

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Petrarch's Italian Works

This manuscript from the Biblioteca Casanatense unites three of the most famous works by the great Italian Renaissance poet: Il Canzoniere, Trionfi, and the Rime estravaganti. Originating from Venice in the 15th century, it adheres directly to the original by Petrarch and gives and authentic glimpse into his work. This outstanding significance is highlighted by the extremely elegant and high-quality design of the manuscript!

Petrarch's Italian Works

Francesco Petrarca (1304–1374) is considered to be a primary representative of Italian Renaissance literature and one of the most important figures in Italian literary history. The Italian humanist and poet composed numerous influential works, which have been found in both illuminated manuscripts and later in printed form whereby they found broad circulation and were continuously reprinted over the centuries. One of the most famous of Petrarch’s creations, his magnum opus, is the Il Canzoniere cycle of poems with over 350 sonnets and canzoni.

Hymns of Love and Good

Even these Canzoniere, also known by their Latin title Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, are recorded in the manuscript from the Biblioteca Casanatense. This originated during the second half of the Quattrocento in Venice, probably ca. 1470. The poems of the cycle were appended by the Trionfi and Rime estravaganti. Alongside these famous texts, the precious manuscript also contains a long unknown verse. As a result, the manuscript with the shelf mark Casanatense 924 is the most comprehensive and original specimen of Petrarch’s work in the Italian language.

Elegant Appearance

This 332-page text of such literary and historical importance is presented additionally with gorgeous frames. Alongside tastefully decorated initials – e.g. the very elegantly designed V with floral ornamentation at the beginning of the manuscript – one finds illumination such as an airy angel holding a cartouche with the title. Even the text itself contributes to the elegant appearance of the manuscript. A few important text excerpts are recorded in more conspicuous script with all capital letters or written in gold and some notes and addenda were added to the margins by a 16th century scribe.

A Jewel of Renaissance Humanism

Thus, the manuscript of Petrarch’s Italian works with its enthusiasm for antiquity is completely and utterly in the style of the Renaissance. The fascinating spirit of Italian humanism is thus brought back to life before the eyes of the beholder and makes the gorgeous 15th century volume – a precious manuscript of Italian literary history – an experience!


Alternative Titles
Petrarca: Opere Italiane
Size / Format
332 pages / 24.7 × 15.4 cm
Decorated initials
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Petrarch's Italian Works – Franco Cosimo Panini Editore – Ms. Casanatense 924 – Biblioteca Casanatense (Rome, Italy)
Franco Cosimo Panini Editore – Modena, 2006
Limited Edition: 500 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Petrarca - Opere Italiane

Publisher: Franco Cosimo Panini Editore – Modena, 2006
Limited Edition: 500 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Emilio Pasquini, Paola Vecchi Galli and Carl Appel
Language: Italian
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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(3,000€ - 7,000€)
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