Item #07325 Ex Mss. Vaticani 3204 fol. 4. GIRAUT de Bornelh.
Ex Mss. Vaticani 3204 fol. 4.
Ex Mss. Vaticani 3204 fol. 4.

Ex Mss. Vaticani 3204 fol. 4.

[Rome], c. 1750.

4to (222 x 164 mm.). Early foliation: [1 blank] 2-97, [7 blank], [1 blank = rear pastedown] leaves. In a single easily legible cursive hand.

Contemporary mottled calf (worn), edges sprinkled red.

CODEX DESCRIPTUS OF THE FAMOUS CHANSONNIER K, which belonged to the Vatican Library when this was transcribed, some fifty years prior to its theft under Napoleon (now BnF ms. Fr. 12473). Following the original, this copy presents Giraut’s biography, his texts and the marginal annotations as they appear in Chansonnier K.
            Praised by Dante, GIRAUT WROTE IN LIMOUSIN IN TANDEM WITH PEDRO II KING OF ARAGON, among others. From his youthful preference for the obscure trobar clus he matured to the simpler more melodic trobar leu, a style he likely initiated and that came to dominate medieval Provençal lyric.
            The forty-six poems in our manuscript include some of his most famous — the dirge for his friend and fellow troubadour Raimbaut d’Aurenga, the programmatic “Sim sentis fizels amics” (proclaiming the sens naturals of his work) and the tenso (dialog) with Alamanda, object of his unrequited love. In good condition, bookplate of Limousin poet, historian and bibliographer Louis Guibert (1840-1904).
¶See Riquer’s Los Trovadores. Historia literaria y textos XIX and Kolsen’s Sämtliche Lieder des Trobadors Giraut de Bornelh and Del Re’s “Perché il Codice latino 3204 non tornò più alla Biblioteca Vaticana” in Strenna dei Romanisti 43 (1982) 177-87.

Item #07325

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