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Ms. Codex 1448 - Libro quinto de varios assumptos y curiosidades
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Libro quinto de varios assumptos y curiosidades [manuscript].
[Spain, after 1774]
Physical description:
300 leaves : paper ; 293-313 x 197-216 mm. bound to 325 x 226 mm.
The fifth book of an unknown larger collection containing copies of works from 17th- and 18th-century Spain, including the case of Bernardo Altarejos, imprisoned and executed in 1736 for defrauding the government through forgery; a biography of Rodrigo Calderón; the cases of Rodrigo de Silva Mendoza y Sarmiento, Carlos de Padilla, and Pedro de Silva Domingo Cabral, imprisoned, tortured, and, in the case of the latter two, executed, for their roles in a plot to oust the Hapsburgs from the Spanish throne in 1648; the case of Gaspar Méndez de Haro y Guzmán, referred to in the text only as the marqués de Carpio, duque de Montoro, who was accused of attempting to burn down the Palacio del Buen Retiro with the royal family inside; Locuras de Europa, a political work by Saavedra Fajardo; a general defense of the virtues of women written by an anonymous author; a letter written by Mathias Venegas recounting a trip to Morocco by the Spanish ambassador in 1579 and the treatment he received from Aḥmad al-Manṣūr, Sultan of Morocco; a short biographical work on Diego García de Paredes; instructions given to the Imperial ambassador, Lope Hurtado de Mendoza, in 1528 before being sent to Portugal; a short biography of Magdalena de la Cruz, recounting her rise to near-saintly stature resulting from supposed visions and communications with God and her subsequent exposure as a fraud and her trial before the Inquisition in 1546; three letters, one addressed to the Marqués de la Ensenada, all recounting an assault on the Castillo del Morro in Santiago de Cuba by English forces in the mid-18th century, as well as previous attacks by the English in other parts of the West Indies and the preparations made in Cuba as a result; a document written by Íñigo Vélez de Guevara, conde de Oñate, justifying his claim to the inheritance of his cousin, Juan de Tarsis, conde de Villamediana, including the latter's titles, wealth, and position of Correo Mayor of Spain and Naples; briefs from Popes Benedict XIV (in Latin) and Clement XIII placing parts 2 and 3, respectively, of Isaac-Joseph Berruyer's work, A history of the people of God, on the Index librorum prohibitorum; the records of an auto-da-fé from Lisbon, 1761; and a letter sent to Louis XV, King of France, in 1762, via the general council of the French clergy, from Pope Clement XIII asking for the king's support in protecting the Catholic faith from the increasingly threatening "enemies of this religion."
Ms. codex.
Title from title page (f. 1r).
For another manuscript of the biography of Rodrigo Calderón, see Ms. Codex 1345 (f.143r-174v), Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania.
Foliation: Paper, 300 leaves; near-contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto. An earlier foliation scheme, 25-59 (f.245-282), written over or crossed out, upper right recto.
Script: Written in a cursive by multiple hands.
Decoration: Two-line title and ornamentation in ink (f.112r).
Watermark: Similar to Valls i Subirá, Farreras 339; unidentified watermark consisting of a cross inside an oval, flanked on either side by a griffin, with a crown above and two circles below; unidentified watermark consisting of a large armorial achievement. On the shield are two small castles and two animals, each in opposite corners, and a large circle over all containing three fleurs-de-lis. Above the shield is a large crown and below, an eight-pointed star made up of four arrowheads touching at the points. Beneath the star is another animal and beneath that the initials A M A. All around the shield are vines, flowers, and other ornamentations.
Binding: Contemporary vellum (Zacour-Hirsch), with a pair of leather ties.
Origin: Probably written in Spain in the 18th century.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1448
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1448
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