Francisco de Quevedo: Poetry and prose

Scope and Content

MS.Add.7820: Obras manuscriptas

Two manuscripts, bound together, comprised respectively of fourteen prose works and nineteen poems by or attributed to Quevedo, early 18th century.

MS.Add.7821: Prose pieces

'Carta de D. Franco. Quevedo Villegas a un amigo desde la prision de Sn Marco de Leon a Adan de la Parra' and other works, late 18th century.

MS.Add.7822: Various works

Four manuscripts, bound together, containing poetry and prose by or attributed to Quevedo, early 18th century.

MS.Add.7825: Poems and other works

Poetry and prose, some by other authors, late 18th century. The volume has been rebound, and the original cover is kept in a separate envelope.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francisco Gomez de Quevedo y Villegas (1580-1645), poet and satirist, was born into a wealthy family in Madrid on 17 September 1580. He attended the Universities of Alcala and Valladolid before settling in Madrid. In 1613 he travelled to Italy with the Duke of Osuna on diplomatic service. Quevedo's publications in the 1620s and 1630s established his reputation as a writer. Despite this, he was arrested in Madrid, and imprisoned from 1639 to 1643. He died at Villanueva de los Infantes on 8 September 1645.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's, 16 June 1970.

Other Finding Aids


Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, with reference to the entries on the volumes in Bibliotheca Phillippica (London, Sotheby & Co., 1970), pp. 102-111.

Custodial History

MSS.Add.7820, 7822 and 7825 were bought by Sir Thomas Phillipps from the bookseller Thomas Thorpe, and became MSS 2915, 9615 and 2916 respectively in his library. MS.Add.7821 was formerly MS 17447 and MS 18029 in the Phillipps collection (it was entered twice in error).


Cambridge University Library holds other writing by Francisco de Quevedo, MSS.Add.7640 and 7873.