[Sonetti et Canzoni. Triomphi].

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Creator

Petrarch.

Title

[Sonetti et Canzoni. Triomphi].

Publisher

Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresani

Date

August 1514.

Coverage

Venice

Description

The second Aldine edition of Petrarch, following the 1501 imprint shown earlier in the exhibition. The opening page of the text is illuminated with a floral border, the Greek initials “ΙΣ” at the top of the frame, and a blank shield for arms at the bottom. Note the birds to the right of the text, two of which hold golden leaves in their beaks and seem to be pointed at specific lines. Similar marginal miniatures recur sixty times throughout the text of this copy, each bearing a gold leaf and indicating a particular line of text … perhaps favorite verses of an early owner?

Source

From the collection of T. Kimball Brooker.