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Doubting Petrarca'S Last Words: Erasure In Ms Vaticano Latino 3195

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There are many extraordinary manuscripts of Petrarca's Fragmenta in the Vatican Library, some of them important for the uniqueness of their contents, some of them for the mastery of the book arts they reveal. MS Vat. Lat. 3195 does not necessarily fall into either of these camps. It is an elegant but very plain, virtually unadorned manuscript with little interest, say, for collectors of pretty books. When we compare Latino 3195 to other manuscripts of the Fragmenta, one of the first things we notice is what to the untrained eye might to be the work of a rather poor scribe indeed. For a manuscript that is constructed on an extraordinarily articulated system of mise en page, it contains a very large number of erasures, corrections, revisions, and addenda that are not implemented to correct or maintain the layout, or mise en page, of the codex.

Keywords: Fragmenta; Ms Vaticano Latino 3195; Petrarca



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