Bartolome Cairasco de Figueroa: Esdruxulea

Scope and Content

'Esdruxulea de varios elogios y canciones en alabanca de Christo nuestro senor y de la sacratissima Virgen su madre de algunos sanctos y diversos sujetes', a collection of poems dated Canaria, 7 May 1611. The volume was prepared for the press by Captain Francisco de Betancor. In his dedication to the Cardinal-Archbishop of Toledo, Betancor records that the poems were composed in the last days of Cairasco's life. There are seventy-four pieces by Cairasco, as well as Latin and Spanish poems on his death. One of the poems describes the successful defence of the Canary Isles against the English fleet commanded by Francis Drake, 6 October 1595. There is a table of contents at the front of the volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bartolome Cairasco de Figueroa (1540-1610) was born in Gran Canaria in 1540, and became prior and canon of its cathedral. His religious verse was published in four parts as Templo militante, 1603-1614.

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.

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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 volume in Bibliotheca Phillippica (London, Sotheby & Co., 1970), p. 58.

Custodial History

The volume was bought by Sir Thomas Phillipps from the bookseller Thomas Thorpe, and became MS 7250 in his library.


Several of the poems were printed in the fourth part of the Templo militante; the remaining pieces are unpublished.