Manuscript on parchment of Jacopo Ariani (?), 200 Sonnets addressed to a lady called Laura. Alberto Maffei, Colophon in the form of a sonnet addressed to the readers. Written by Alberto Maffei in a small calligraphic Humanistica Semitextualis Formata. Giuseppe Martini, sale, Lucerne, Sept. 1934, lot 8. Purchased from Martin Breslauer, London, July 1976, on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund. The two passages on erasure on ff. 1v and 52r are in ca. 1900 handwriting and apart from the initial letter the name Iacobo Ariano in the heading on f. 1r is clearly written (over erasure?) by another hand. The authorship of the unrecorded Jacopo Ariani is consequently suspect, the more so as the shield carrying his coat of arms on f. 2r looks anachronistic. [Perhaps the decoration of the initials on the same page is to be connected with manipulations with the coat of arms (which could also be those of the Venetian family Belegno)]. Each sonnet opens with a Capital in gold ink, the three subsequent stanzas with alternating red and blue Capitals. On the opening page (f. 2r), however, the opening Capitals are in gold on a square blue background dotted with gold, above each of the two sonnets floral ornaments have been painted in red and gold ink and in the lower margin there is a medallion within a gold wreath adorned with ribbons and containing the coat of arms of the Ariani family flanked by the initials I.A.. ff. 1 and 52 are stained purple and the text of artt. 1 and 3 is written in gold ink, the headings being executed in silver ink. On both pages silver and gold floral ornaments in three margins. The ones in the lower margins end in Capital A (for Albertus). Binding: Nineteenth-century. Blue velvet over cardboard with blue watered-silk doublure. Gilt edges. Cataloged from microfilm by Albert Derolez. Jacopo Ariani, Sonnets. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.
Beinecke MS 585
General Collection, BRBL, Yale University
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Number of Pages: 4
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