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Commonplace book containing contemporary Spanish prose and verse and classical Latin extracts

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MS. Spanish e. 9
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The commonplace book comprises four discernible sections. The commonplacing sections are in two sections, either side of Psalle et Sile. Poems by Miguel Ladrón and Fulvio Testi are incorporated into Eva y Ave, beginning on fols. 31r and 49v respectively. This description follows the original foliation as it appears in the manuscript. The foliation underwent changes at the hand of the author himself, and shows evidence that he reordered his own work. Folios 25–40 were originally numbered 1–16.

  1. (fols. iii–52v) a translated and reconfigured extract of António de Sousa de Macedo's Eva, E Ave, Ou Maria Triunfante (first published Lisbon, 1676), copied from Diego Suárez de Figueroa's translation Eva y Ave, o Maria triunfante (first published Madrid, 1631), into which are incorporated poems by Don Miguel Ladrón de Guevara and Fulvio Testi (translated by Don Lucas de Bilbao). The title page (fol. iii) is dated 1702.
  2. (fols. 53r–70v) commonplacing, containing Latin and Spanish extracts from classical and contemporary authors.
  3. (fols. 71r–86r) a copy of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Esortaz. Panegyrica al Silenzio Motibada de su Apostrophe, Psalle et Sile (first published Madrid, 1662).
  4. (fols. 87r–90v) further commonplacing.


  • Creation: Early 18th cent.


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • Spanish; Castilian
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Spanish e. 9, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Spanish e. 9

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17593

Biographical / Historical

The author of the manuscript cannot be identified.

António de Sousa de Macedo (1606–1682) was a Portuguese diplomat, writer, and journalist. Diego Suárez de Figueroa (1699–1743) was a clergyman, translator, and editor, according to the Real Academia Española. Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600–1681) was a Spanish dramatist and poet.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, no. 53041.

Custodial History

Phillipps MS 15685

The name 'Moore' is written in pencil on fol. i, with a note of the interest of the manuscript, and the price of one pound and five shillings. The handwriting could be early to mid-19th century, and so Moore may have been an owner of the manuscript before Phillipps.

The volume is listed in Phillipps's Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bart.of 1837, on page 299, under the reference number 15685. Phillipps identifies this manuscript only by its frontispiece, which describes but a fraction of its contents. His entry reads, 'Principio y progresso de la Poesia, Musica, Pintura, y Escultura, por Anton. de Soussa Macedo, en 1702. sm, 4to. ch. s. xviii. wh. vell.'. Munby was unable to trace how the commonplace book entered Phillipps's collection, and Phillipps catalogued MS. 15672–712 only as 'Miscellanea ex Bibl., variis' (Munby, 1956: 195).

In 1946, the booksellers Phillip and Lionel Robinson bought part of Phillipps's collection from his great-grandson Alan Fenwick (Munby, 1960: vii; 102; 104). It was probably they who sold the manuscript via a Sotheby's auction in 1973, where the Bodleian purchased it.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, Sotheby's, 26 June 1973 (lot 2213).


  • T. Eastgate, The commonplacing section of an early modern Spanish commonplace book (digital edition).

Physical Facet

Collation: 1(2) (fols. i-ii); 2(4+1) (fols. iii, 1-4, the first added); 3(4) (fols. 5-8); 4(4) (fols. 9-12); 5(4) (fols. 13-16); 6(4) (fols. 17-20); 7(4) (fols. 21-24); 8(4) (fols. 25-28); 9(4) (fols. 29-32); 10(4) (fols. 33-36); 11(4) (fols. 37-40); 12(4) (fols. 41-44); 13(4) (fols. 45-48); 14(4) (fols. 49-52); 15(25) (fols. 53-78); 16(18) (fols. 79-97)

Catalogue of a commonplace book containing contemporary Spanish prose and verse and classical Latin extracts CMD ID 17593
EAD 2022 version by Tess Eastgate
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Second edition by Tess Eastgate

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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