Nicholas Fernandez de Moratin: Arte de Putear

Scope and Content

A seventy-six page poetic work with 23-26 lines per page. At the back of the volume is a wrapper of 'papel sellado' dated 1822. The date of the wrapper suggests that the manuscript was one of the papers used by the editor of Moratin's Obras postumas (Barcelona, 1821), although it does not appear in that edition, and is apparently unpublished.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nicholas Fernandez de Moratin (1737-1780), poet and dramatist, was born in Madrid. He attended the Jesuit College in Calatayud before studying law at the University of Valladolid. He was subsequently Professor of Poetry at the Imperial College. Moratin was influenced by French methods, and was a critic of Spanish drama. He died in Madrid in May 1780.

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. 66

Custodial History

The volume was part of the Heber collection, sold in 1836, before becoming MS 8429 in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps.