Nel tempo santo non viddio mai petra

Cecco Nuccoli

Production Description

Document Title: Cecco Nuccoli di Perugia
Author: Cecco Nuccoli
Date of composition: 1860
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Person to Whom the Manuscript was Assigned: DGR
Scribe: DGR


Current Location: Library of the South African National Gallery

Physical Description

Paper: pale blue wove, unruled
Dimensions of Document: 9 5/8 x 8 1/2 in

Scholarly Commentary


The manuscript is one of several that survive showing DGR's work on his book of translations, The Early Italian Poets . It contains several interesting texts, including DGR's transcription of the Cecco Nuccoli extended sonnet ”Nel tempo santo non viddio mai petra”, which DGR may have been led by Trucchi to believe was the work of Cecco Angiolieri; extracts from Cino da Pistoia's canzone ”Avvenga m' abbia piu volte per tempo”; and drafts of two prose notes that would eventually be worked into the 1861 edition of his book of translations.

The manuscript is preserved with a cache of materials originally in the possession of WMR and after that of John Robert Wahl. They finally passed into the library of the South African National Gallery.

Textual History: Composition

As the prose notes on the verso indicate, the manuscript would have been copied out by DGR in 1860.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Published with permission of Iziko Museums of Cape Town