Poesias varias

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 12 MS.Add.7939
  • Dates of Creation
      Mid-17th century
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  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 volume

Scope and Content

A collection of 236 poetical works, mostly by named authors. There are poems by Antonio de Sols (68), Francisco de la Torre y Sevil (64), Jernimo Sanz (45), Antonio de Mendoza (7), Luis de Villanova (7), Rodrigo Dvila (4), Gngora (3), Lope de Vega (3), Luis de Ulloa Pereira (3), Antonio Coello (2), Francisco Montesser (2) and Rogrigo Arts y Muoz (2). There are also single poems by the Marquz de Palacios, P. Basilio Ponce de Leon, Fray Juan de Avellaneda, Bartolom Leonardo de Argensola, Fray Ortensio Paravicino, Diego Collazos de Mendoza, Juan de Orosco, Toms de Aguiar and el Pavorde Falco, as well as seventeen anonymous pieces, including 'Cancin real a una mudanza', now attributed to Jos de Sarabia. At the end of the volume is an index.

Administrative / Biographical History

The origins of the volume are unclear but internal evidence suggests that it may have been produced in a commercial scriptorium, possibly in Valencia, at a time when the poems were still unpublished. Two of the authors who feature most prominently, Francisco de la Torre and Jernimo Sanz, were Valencian.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's, 1973.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, with reference to the entry on the collection in Bibliotheca Phillippica (London, Sotheby & Co., 1973), p. 90.

Custodial History

The volume's links to Valencia suggest that it may have belonged to Antonio Pedro Sancho Dvila y Osorio, Marqus de Astorga, de Velada y de San Roman, who became Viceroy of Valencia in 1664. One poem deals with Astorga's pardoning of a student condemned to death. The anthology was probably part of the Astorga manuscripts acquired by the bookseller Thomas Thorpe from Spain during the 1820s. The volume was bought from Thorpe by Sir Thomas Phillipps, and became MS 2466 in his library. It was part of the sale of his collection at Sotheby's on 26 June 1973.

Related Material

The contents of MS LXXX in the collection of the Hispanic Society of America, New York, are almost identical to that of this volume, and are arranged in virtually the same order.

Cambridge University Library holds a volume of poems, MS.Add.7946, concerned principally with Antonio Pedro Sancho Dvila y Osorio, and with his father, Antonio Dvila y Toldeo.


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