1834. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 4 December 1810

1834. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 4 December 1810 ⁠* 

Keswick. Dec 4. 1810.

My dear Wynn,

Thank you for the sheets of the Catalogue. They have no publishers name to them. May I request you therefore to procure the books which I wish from it, & Grosvenor will settle with you for them, he being my receiver & disbursor general in town. Let them be sent to Longmans for me.

✓1619. Ordenanza de Marina. 5/. [1] 
✓1629. Arte de Navigar – 5/. [2] 
✓1642. Imperio de la China. 7/6. [3] 
1655. Rojas. Discursos Historicos del Cid. 10/6. [4] 
✓1684. Esperanza de Israel. 7/. [5] 
✓1725. Gentio de Angola. 5/. [6] 
1849. Rinaldo di Tasso 7/6. [7] 
1871. Aureus Libellus. 3/6 [8] 
1910. Malleus Malificarum. 3/. [9] 
 [10] 1922. Berosus – 3/6 [11] 

It will be unlucky if I do not get some of these.

I have got into a correspondence with Abella, the Duke of Albuquerques [12]  Secretary, who will assist me with all the documents in his possession or within his reach; & I am put in a way also of having specific questions conveyed to Colonel Carol. [13]  From him I hope to obtain information respecting Romana’s [14]  movements in the North. On the whole from the sources which are opened to me of various kinds, & a little more practise in the business taken into the account as well, I believe the second years volume will be better than the first.

Joan of Arc [15]  is about to be reprinted. Busy as I am I have determined to make time for giving it a thorough weeding as it goes thro the press.

God bless you

Yrs RS.


* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M.P./ Camelford House/ London
Postmark: FREE/ 7 DE 7/1810
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Ordenanzas de Marina para los Navios del Rey de las Islas Philipinas, que en Guerra y con Reales Permissos hacen Viages al Reyno de la N. España In Otro Destino del Real Servicio (1757); no. 3603 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[2] The cosmographer Rodrigo Çamorano’s (1542–1623) Compendio del Arte de Navigar (1588); no. 3243 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[3] Alvaro Semmedo (1585/6–1658), Imperio de la China (1642); no. 3686 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[4] Possibly Pedro de Rojas, Conde de Mora (d. 1665), Discursos Illustre, Historicis i Genealogicos (1636); no. 3718 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[5] Manasseh ben Israel (1604–1657), Esperance de Israel (n.d.); no. 3177 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[6] Francisco Pacconcio (fl. 1640s), Gentio de Angola (1645); no. 3440 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[7] An unknown edition of Torquato Tasso’s (1554–1595) epic Rinaldo (1562). BACK

[8] Possibly an unknown edition of the surgeon Mariano Santo’s (1488–1577) Aureus Libellus (1522). BACK

[9] An unknown edition of ‘The Handbook of Witches’, first published in 1487. BACK

[10] Throughout this list ✓ inserted in another hand, presumably to record the books Wynn managed to purchase. BACK

[11] The pseudo-Chaldaeus Berosus, Antiquitatum Italiae ac Totius Orbis Libri Quinque (1545); no. 274 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. This revisionist account of European history purported to be by the Chaldean historian, but was in fact a forgery by Annius of Viterbo (the pseudonym of Giovanni Nanni (1432/1437–1502)). For the impact of Annius’s forgeries on European thought in the early Renaissance and later see Walter Stephens, ‘When Pope Noah Ruled the Etruscans: Annius of Viterbo and his Forged Antiquities’, Modern Language Notes, 119.1 (January 2004), 201–223. BACK

[12] The Spanish military commander, Jose Miguel de la Cueva, 13th Duke of Alburquerque (1774–1811). BACK

[13] William Parker Carrol (1776–1842), liaison officer between the British and Spanish forces. Later promoted to Major-General and Field Marshal in the Spanish Army. BACK

[14] The Spanish general Pedro Caro y Sureda, 3rd Marquis of la Romana (1761–1811). BACK

[15] The fourth edition of Joan of Arc was published in 1812. BACK

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