Spanish poetry and prose

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

'Miszelania curiosa', a collection of fifty-eight pieces of poetry and prose written in various hands, accompanied by a typescript list of contents. Most of the works are anonymous, although there are poems by Joseph Perez de Montoro and Suor Juana Ines de la Cruz. The longest item is a series of twenty-six satires in verse and prose, dated 1735-1736, by 'un critico Duende', possibly Manuel Freyre de Silva, a Portuguese. The satires are aimed in particular at Don Jose Patino, minister to Philip V, and parody sermons, carnival verses, preparations for confession, exhortations to charity, counsels to the dying, street ballads and royal edicts.

The remaining poetry in the volume includes further political satires; a supposedly autobiographical relation of a bull-fight; advice to a young man on how to behave in Madrid; 'Iuicio ynparzial de la Espana en dezimas', with verses on different provinces of Spain and one on America; 'Sueno politico de Don Melchor de Almeida', an eighty-page satire on Philip IV's government; and an account in street ballad style of the defeat of Admiral Vernon's forces in his attack on Cartagena in 1741.

The prose pieces include a copy of a military report from Oran in 1760, and two others relating to Morocco; a copy of a decree of 1765 setting up a tribunal to examine the conduct of the Spanish officers who surrendered Havana to the English; an announcement of the discovery of more (fake) 'lead books' at Granada, 1757; a copy of the expenses for the festivities at the entry of Charles III into Madrid in 1760; and a recipe for varnish.

Administrative / Biographical History

The identity of the compiler of the volume is unknown.

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Other Finding Aids

None.

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. 62.

Custodial History

The volume was purchased from the bookseller Thomas Thorpe by Sir Thomas Phillipps, and became MS 2475 in his library.

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