Juan Antonio Mayans: Bibliographical notes

Scope and Content

Bibliographical and biographical notes on Valencian and other Spanish writers, 136 pages. The writing appears to be in the hand of Juan Antonio Mayans, with additional short notes in another hand, possibly that of his elder brother, Gregorio. The manuscript was written for D. Francisco Cerda y Rico after he met the Mayans brothers in Valencia. It contains notes on many writers, notably Ausias March and Mossen Jaime Febrer, and includes descriptions of the rare books and manuscripts in the Mayans' own collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Juan Antonio Mayans y Siscar (1718-1801), Canon of Valencia Cathedral, was a scholar and collector of books.

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. 89.

Custodial History

The book was part of the Mayans and Heber collections before becoming MS 8185 in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps.

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