Academic journal article Seventeenth-Century News

Res Seniles, Libri IX-XII

Academic journal article Seventeenth-Century News

Res Seniles, Libri IX-XII

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Res seniles, Libri IX-XII. By Francesco Petrarca. Ed. by Silvia Rizzo, with the collaboration of Monica Berte. Edizione nazionale delle opere di Francesco Petrarca, 2.3. Florence: Casa Editrice Le Lettere, 2014. 430 pp. 40 [euro]. Improvvisi: una antica raccolta di epigrammi. By Francesco Petrarca. Ed. by Monica Berte. Testi e documenti di letteratura e di lingua, 36. Rome: Salerno editrice, 2014. LVI + 129 pp. 16 [euro]. This edition of the letters written by Petrarca in his old age is part of the Edizione nazionale delle opere di Francesco Petrarca. The project began a century ago, with the intention of producing definitive texts of Petrarca's works. Over the first several decades, little progress was made, with Festa's edition of the Africa in 1926 being followed by Rossi and Bosco's Familiares in 1933-1942, Billanovich's Rerum memorandarum libri in 1945, and Martellotti's De viris illustribus in 1964. Work was taken up again and reorganized at the end of the twentieth century, in conjunction with the celebration of the seventh centenary of Petrarca's birth in 2004. The corpus was divided first according to the language in which the works were written, then in the case of the Latin writings according to whether they were in poetry or prose, with the last category subdivided further by genre into eleven groups. Each work was placed into the appropriate category and an editor has been assigned to each. Substantial progress has been made, with a good number of volumes now in print and more on the way soon. The entire project is described at http://www.franciscus.umfi. it/Commissione/TuttoPetrarca.htm.

The volume under review here is the third installment of the Seniles. In line with the series norms, there is no commentary, but there is an apparatus containing authorial variants and some discussion of textual issues along with a second apparatus focused on intertextual references. The Latin text of the Seniles, which is based on the critical edition of E. Nota et al. (4 vols., Paris, 2002-2006) but with some variations, is accompanied by a good Italian translation which is useful in clarifying Petrarca's sometimes-puzzling Latin. Any library with a serious interest in Neo-Latin studies should have a standing order for this series, which will be the preferred venue for this vitally important corpus for the foreseeable future. …

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