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Ms. Codex 347 - Chiesa, Sebastiano - Capitolo de Frati : Distinto Raguaglio de loro Usi, Maneggi, e Costumi
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Chiesa, Sebastiano.
Capitolo de Frati [manuscript] Distinto Raguaglio de loro Usi, Maneggi, e Costumi / Opera del Padre N.N. Agostiniano.
[Italy], 1754.
Physical description:
70, 72 leaves : paper ; 167 x 128 (98 x 85) mm. bound to 168 x 130 mm.
Poem satirizing the Franciscan order, to which the writer appears to have belonged. Consists of eight cantos, arranged in 8-line stanzas, with volume one containing Cantos 1-4 and volume two containing Cantos 5-8. This manuscript consists only part of the entire work. The text of the poem as known from other sources consists of 16 cantos in all.
Purchased, 1963.
Catholic Church - Discipline.
Franciscans - Humor.
Franciscans - In literature.
Italian literature.
Italian poetry.
Monasticism and religious orders - Humor.
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, Italian - 18th century.
Manuscripts, European.
Ms. codex.
Title, attribution and date from title page (v.1, p. i).
This work is known from other sources as "Il Capitolo Fratesco."
Note inside upper cover, v. 1: "Autore di quest' Opera è il Padre Tisabesano Secchia [sic]" (known from other sources as "Tisabesano Sechia"). This note appears to be in a slightly later hand than the text. A modern pencil note adds that this is a pseudonym for Sebastiano Chiesa, who is identified in other sources as the author of this poem.
Incipit (v. 1, p. 1): Canto primo. / Argomento. / Del Capitol Fratesco all' assegnato / Luogo arrivano i Frati a schiere, a schiere: / si grida, e rumoreggia in ogni Lato / ...
Incipit of first stanza of Canto primo (v. 1, p. 2): Del poetico genio altri la vena / co i liquor d' Ippocrene è di permesso / ...
Pagination: v. 1: Paper, 70; [ii], 1-137, [138]; v. 2: Paper, 72; [ii], 1-139, [140], [ii]; contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners. There are occasional traces of other marginal numbers that were cut away when the leaves were trimmed at the time of binding.
Script: Written in a cursive script by a single hand.
Binding: Contemporary boards. Covers worn, especially at spine and edges. Front pastedown of first volume is pulling away from inside upper cover.
Origin: Written in Italy, 1754 (v.1, p. i).
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 132 (Ms. Italian 194). For another copy/version of the same text, cf. p. 113 (Ms. Italian 103, reclassed to UPenn Ms. Codex 346).
Backer, Augustin de. Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus. Nouv. éd. par Carlos Sommervogel (Bruxelles: O. Schepens; Paris: A. Picard, 1890-1932 [Louvain: Editions de la Bibliothèque S.J., Collège Philosophique et Théologique, 1960]), II, 1124-1125. Contains a description of a ms. of the same text under the title "Il capitolo fratesco; poema di Tisabesano Sechia," with reference to mss. in London, Paris and Forli.
Other Titles:
Capitolo Fratesco
Del Capitol Fratesco all' assegnato luogo arrivano i Frati a schiere, a schiere: si grida, e rumoreggia in ogni lato.
Del poetico genio altri la vena co i liquor d' Ippocrene è di permeso.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 347
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 347

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Collection: Other
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: Italian
Century: 18th century
Date: 1794
Genre: Codices
Genre: Manuscripts, European
Genre: Manuscripts, Italian - 18th century
Genre: Poems
Genre: Satires
Subject: Catholic Church
Subject: Discipline
Subject: Franciscans
Subject: In literature
Subject: Italian literature
Author: Chiesa, Sebastiano
Page material: Paper