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"Bucolicum Carmen," from Librorum Francisci Petrarchae Basileae impressorum annotatio....
Per Magistrum Ioannem de Amerbach, 1496. Clearly this fragment, containing all of Petrarch's "Bucolicum Carmen," was salvaged from a water-damaged copy of the 1496 Amerbach printing of Latin selections of the great Humanist poet's works. The entire volume was probably edited by => Sebastian Brant, as may be deduced from the ten Latin distichs entitled "De Commendation impressionis Francisci Petrarchae elogiu[m] Sebastiani Brant." The "Bucolicum Carmen" is a poem composed of 12 eclogues, each dealing with a different topic. Complete in itself here, and beginning with a "title-page," its text is printed in roman type. A scribe has supplied an elaborate 5-line blue initial "M" with elaborate red in-fill and tracery in the margin of the first text page. He supplied all other (typically 3-line) initials in red or blue, and he has accented the first letter of every line with red, supplying red and blue paragraph symbols. Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
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