Joseph Laynez de Torreluenga: Poetry and prose books

Scope and Content

Two volumes of Spanish poetry and other works, with tables of contents at the beginning of each. MS.Add.8152, compiled in 1686, contains many manuscript Spanish poems and songs by a range of authors, 210 pages. There is an accompanying typescript page of notes on specific pieces in the volume. MS.Add.8153, compiled in the late seventeenth century, comprises printed and manuscript poems and prose by various authors. The volume contains works by the poet Antonia de Saravia, including Estancias; forty-four sonnets; two poems; and the prose piece La razn de estado. There are fifty other poems, most of which are anonymous, including single works by Fray Juan de Avellaneda, Antonio de Mendoza, Bartolom Leonardo de Argensola, Diego de Njera y Cegr, Antonio Panes, Francisco de la Torre y Sevil, Quevedo, Cervantes, P. Verlarde, Francisco Bueno de Arevalo and P. Jernimo Prez. The prose works are epitaphs in Latin and Portuguese, collected in Lisbon and Ceuta; letters of D. Rodrigo Portocarrero, Archdeacon of Cuenca; medical recipes, including one from a breviary of Mary of Hungary, and medical notes; remedy for quinsy; recipes for ink, slimming, toothache, to make mistela, etc.; treatise on powders for healing wounds, apparently by Nicolao Zapinio; 'Profecias de el P. Seridonio de la Compaa de Jesus'; and Pedro Caldern de la Barca, Deposicin en favor de la pintura, a speech delivered in July 1677, supporting the view that painting is a liberal rather than a mechanical art.

Administrative / Biographical History

Don Joseph Laynez de Torreluenga's background is not known.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Received as a bequest of Professor Edward M. Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Spanish, 1978.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, with reference to the entry on MS.Add.8153 in Bibliotheca Phillippica, part IX (London, Sotheby & Co., 1973), p. 91.

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Custodial History

MSS.Add.8152 and 8153 were formerly nos 2206 and 18254 respectively in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps.