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Letter from the King of Spain recommending the reading of astronomical texts to update Saint Isidorus´ encyclopedia
1577 - Extremely rare letter from Philip II demonstrating a singular interest in academic texts production. 1577. San Lorenzo del Escorial. In folio (295 mm x 212 mm). Unbound. Show through from wax seal on back, scattered foxing spots, else very good. Very rare and desirable letter from the King of Spain Philip II to the Church of Toledo recommending the reading of an Astronomy text to complete and correct the undergoing project on the works of Saint Isidorus of Seville, stressing the argument that works of such academicism should not be lost. The King asks for hastiness, and requests for the books to be delivered back after being used by the Church, introducing his Guardajoyas Hernando de Briviesca as the person in charge of receiving them. Philip II (1527 – 1598) besides being one of the most powerful kings of the Western World, was a renown bibliophile, who spent a considerable portion of his life overseeing the building of the Escorial; the building houses a magnificent library, the first of its kind in Spain –easily recognizable by the disposition of its books, which are set with the spines facing the walls. His interest for the cultural development of Spain was heavily influenced by the Church´s teachings, and thus remained somewhat delayed in comparison to the rest of Europe; a letter such as this tells us that Philip was personally involved in academic writings. Venerable Dean y Cabildo de la Sancta Yglesia de Toledo sede vacante sabed que para proseguir y acabar la correction de las obras de Sancto Ysidoro q[ue] avemos mandado hazer por honra suya y porque no se pierdan obras tan catholicas y de tanta erudicion, es necessario que los que entienden en corregirlas vean algunos exemplars manuscriptos de las obras y trattados siguientes: De natura rerum ad Sisebutum de Astronomia, Monastice regule. Differentiarum Libri duo, de origine officiorum ecclesiasticorum, y porque se nos a hecho relacion que estos tractados con otros algunos sobre partes de la Sagrada Scriptura se hallan en la libreria de esa Sancta Yglesia, y deseamos que la correction se acabe con brevedad, holgaremos que hagais buscar con diligencia los dichos tractados con los demas que huviese en la dicha libreria que sean obras del Sancto, y que luego nos envieis los que se hallareis dirigidos a Hernando de Birviesca [Briviesca] mi Guardajoyas que yo tengo mandado que estos y los demas que para este effecto se huvieren traido de esa Sancta Yglesia se buelvan a buen recado a ella en aviendose visto. De San Sact Lorenzo el Real xiii de Julio M D L X X V II Por man[dato] de su Mg.
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