Francisco de Quevedo: Obras satyricas

Scope and Content

A collection of manuscript poems and prose, with an index at the end, 220 folios, with a title page and three blank leaves. Fos 20-34 have been removed. There are six accompanying loose pages of manuscript notes by E.M. Wilson listing the contents of the volume.

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

Presented by Professor E.M. Wilson, 1970.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Custodial History

A note at the front of the volume by E.M. Wilson records that he purchased it in a devotional bookshop in Madrid in 1959 or 1960.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other writing by Franciso de Quevedo, MSS.Add.7640, 7820-7822 and 7825.