Petrarch: A Bibliography
APPENDIX III CATALOGUE OF PETRARCH’S WORKS
The number of his Latin works is very large. Those that are written in prose include (a) seven treatises of a philosophical and religious character; (b) four that are historical and geographical; (c) three polemical writings; (d) four orations; (e) two works of an autobiographical character; (f) four collections of letters; (g) some psalms and prayers; and (h) the translation of Boccaccio’s story of Griselda.
(a) His so-called philosophical works comprise his treatises concerning:
- (1) ‘The Antidotes for Good and Evil Fortune’ (De Remediis Utriusque Fortunae).
- (2) ‘The Solitary Life’ (De Vita Solitaria).
- (3) ‘The Repose of the Cloister’ (De Otio Religiosorum).
- (4) ‘The Best Methods of Administering a State’ (De Republica optime administranda).
- (5) ‘The Duty and Virtues of a General’ (De Officio et Virtutibus Imperatoris).
- (6) ‘The Means of Avoiding Avarice’ (De Avaritia Vitanda).
- (7) ‘True Wisdom’ (De Vera Sapientia).
(b) His historical and geographical works comprise:
- (1) ‘Remarkable Occurrences’ (De Rebus Memorandis).
- (2) ‘Lives of Celebrated Men’ (De Viris Illustribus Vitae).
- (3) Epitome of the ‘Lives of Celebrated Men’ (Vita rum Virorum Illustrium Epitome).
- (4) ‘Handbook of a Syrian Journey’ (Itinerarium Syriacum).
(c) His polemical writings comprise:
- (1) ‘Invectives against a Certain Physician’ (Contra Medicum quendam Invectivae).
- (2) ‘Defence against the Calumnies of an Anonymous Frenchman’ (Contra cuiusdam Anonymi Galli Calumnias Apologia).
- (3) ‘Dissertation concerning his own Ignorance and that of many’ (De sui ipsius et multorum Ignorantia).
(d) His orations embrace his
- (1) Speech on receiving the laurel crown.
- (2) Speech to the Council of Venice.
- (3) Speech at Novara.
- (4) Speech at Paris to King John and his Court.
(e) His works of an autobiographical character comprise:
- (1) ‘Letter to Posterity’ (Epistola ad Posteros). See Appendix II.
- (2) ‘Dialogues with St. Augustine concerning Contempt of the World’ (De Contemptu Mundi). See Appendix I.
(f) His collections of letters embrace:
- (1) ‘Concerning Familiar Things’ (De Rebus Familiaribus).
- (2) ‘Miscellaneous Letters’ (Variae).
- (3) ‘Letters without a Title’ (Sine Titulo).
- (4) ‘Letters of Old Age’ (De Rebus Senilibus).
(g) His Latin poems comprise:
- (1) His epic ‘Africa’.
- (2) Twelve Eclogues, containing in allegorical form bitter criticisms of the Court of Avignon.
- (3) His poetical Epistles.
In the Italian language only one specimen of his prose writings exists, his speech at Milan, considered by many a translation of an address originally delivered in Latin.
His Italian poems included in his Canzoniere comprise:
- (1) ‘In the Life of Madonna Laura.’
- (2) ‘On the Death of Madonna Laura.’
- (3) ‘On Miscellaneous Subjects.’
These are all found together in a single Vatican manuscript.
(b) His epic poem, the ‘Triumphs’ of
- (1) Love.
- (2) Chastity.
- (3) Death.
- (4) Fame.
- (5) Eternity.1
[1 ]Koerting, pp. 528, 529, 530.
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