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Francesco Petrarch Collection

1,000 items (dispersed).

The Petrarch Collection contains sixteen incunable editions of the Rime. These range in date from the editio princeps of 1470, printed in Venice by Vindelinus de Spira, to the edition of 1486 with its fashionable large type for the verse and smaller type for the commentary.

Attention can be drawn to the beautiful and accurate Lauer edition of 1471 and three different Venetian editions of 1473.

Manchester also holds two editions not found in the incomparable Willard Fiske Collection at Cornell University Library: the 1477 Neapolitan edition by Arnold of Brussels, and a Venetian edition of 1480 by an unknown printer.

80 of the approximately 150 editions published in the 16th century are present including all the Aldine editions, the counterfeit Lyonese copies, and two of the ten vellum copies of the 1501 edition. One of the latter is beautifully illuminated and is in a fine embroidered binding.

The Library also holds numerous editions of Petrarch's Latin works, including the earliest complete edition, printed by Amerbach in Basel in 1496.

Finding aids

Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

Further information

Other collections concerning Francesco Petrarch can be found on the Cornell University Library website.

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