407 leaves : paper ; 267 x 194 (210 x 167) mm bound to 280 x 205 mm 1 microfilm reel : negative (MN 05-22) and positive (Robbins MS 166)
A collection of 191 letters, mostly copies, 142 of which are from Cardinal Camillo Astalli (Pamphili) and 42 of which are from Cardinal Fabio Chigi (elected Pope Alexander VII in 1655). The vast majority of Astalli's letters are dated 1653; the vast majority of Chigi's letters are dated 1654 (a year before he was elected pope). A few seals and addresses are present (fol. 49v, 109v, 110v, and 116v). Several of the 42 letters from Chigi concern Carlo Massimo's retinue in Madrid (Carlo Massimo was later the patron of Velázquez, Poussin, and other artists). The 142 letters from Pamphili pertain to many aspects of Innocent X's policy toward Spain, notably attitudes towards Cardinal Sandoval (letters 6 and 136), church scandals in Milan (letter 33), the Inquisition (letter 40), and control of Naples (letters 133 and 100). The collection includes a letter to Pamphili about Neapolitan corsairs (letter 138), one to Caetano signed by Cardinal Barberini (letter 25), and 2 letters from Innocent X (letters 79 and 83), one of which is to Philip of Spain. There are also two accounts of legal processes against clerics (letters 109 and 110). Two copies of a printed leaf tipped in between letters 121 and 122 and 145 and 146 bearing the title "Innocentius PP. X. ad futuram rei memoriam" 1663. Many blank leaves throughout.
Ms. codex. Title fom title page (fol. 3r). Collation: Paper (2 watermarks visible: one depicting a bird atop a trimontium enclosed in a circle with a "G" above; one depicting an anchor enclosed in a circle with a star above), fol. ii (modern paper) + 404 + ii (modern paper); most of the letters are single folios, bound individually into the manuscript. Binding: Conemporary calf over pasteboard (rebacked). Title in gilt on red leather reads "Miscellanea Manus.s." Accompanying materials: A few seals present (fol. 49v, 109v, 110v, and 116v). Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 166.
In Italian and Latin.
Phillipps, T. Cat. ms. 7570.
Manuscript was once in the collection of the Colonna family (their red stamp visible depicting a column within a circle), as well as in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (his no. 7570). At base of spine below the Phillipps catalog number is a small green dot, 6 mm in diameter.
RBCAG Robbins MS 166
RESTRICTED ORIGINAL. USE POSITIVE MICROFILM COPY ONLY: Use of original only by permission. Inquiries concerning this item should be directed, in writing, to the reference librarian for The Robbins Collection.
A collection of letters concerning various religious and political matters between Italy and Spain.