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Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) : Le Rime di Francesco Petrarca


Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


Petrarch : Se la mia vita da l'aspro tormento (sonnet)

'W[ordsworth] composed a loose translation of Petrarch, Se la mia vita da l'aspro tormento in 1789-90 while learning Italian with Agostino Isola.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: William Wordsworth      


Petrarch : De Vita Solitaria

' ... C[oleridge] was reading ... [Petrarch, De Vita Solitaria] on arrival at Allan Bank in Sept. 1808 ... '

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


Petrarch : Sonatto di Petrarca

" Read Six Sonatto di Petrarca"

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Lady Eleanor Butler      Print: Book


Francesco Petrarch : [Letters]

'Read Cicero "de Officiis" and began Petrarch's letters'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot      Print: Book


Francesco Petrarch : annotations to manuscript copy of works of Horace

Mary Berry, Journal, 27 April 1791: 'Florence. -- Went to see the Laurentian Medicean Library [...] The librarian, a very civil Canonico Bandini, showed us the Virgil of the fourth century, which they call the oldest existing; it is very fairly written, but less easy to read than the one in the Vatican. We saw, too, the Horace that belonged to Petrarch, with some notes in it by his own hand. It is in large quarto, and not a beautiful manuscript from the number of notes and scoliastes interrupting and confusing the text.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Berry      Manuscript: Unknown


Petrarch : Il Petrarca di nuova ristampato, & c diligentement


Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


[Francesco] Petrarch [Petrarco] : Il trionfo della Morte

'[Shelley] reads the Trionfe della Morte aloud in the evening & Calderon with C.[harles] C.[lairmont] & Mrs G.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book


Francesco Petrarch : [unknown]

'Sismondi - Greek - Petrarch - S. reads Gillies Greece & A.[ntient] M.[etaphysics]'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book


Petrarch : [works]

'he read a great deal in a desultory manner, without any scheme of study, as chance threw books in his way, and inclination directed him through them. He used to mention one curious instance of his casual reading, when but a boy. Having imagined that his brother had hid some apples behind a large folio upon an upper shelf in his father's shop, he climbed up to search for them. There were no apples; but the large folio proved to be Petrarch, whom he had seen mentioned in some preface, as one of the restorers of learning. His curiosity having been thus excited, he sat down with avidity and read a great part of the book'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Book


Petrarch : [unknown oration]

'Oct. 25. Wednesday. I went with the Prior to St. Cloud, to see Dr. Hooke.—We walked round the palace, and had some talk.—I dined with our whole company at the Monastery.—In the library, "Beroald",—"Cymon",—"Titus", from Boccace.—"Oratio Proverbialis" to the Virgin, from Petrarch; Falkland to Sandys;—Dryden's Preface to the third vol. of Miscellanies.' [Boswell's footnote: 'He means, I suppose, that he read those different pieces, while he remained in the library'.]

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Book


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