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Vox populi or Newes from Spaine

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P602


Manuscript pamphlet: political/religious propaganda


  • 1620


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1 folder (1 pamphlet) : Binding: Disbound, and then stabbed. Probably once bound together with other tracts. Collation: pages [1-14]. There are catchwords at the end of each leaf which lead to the next (except from 13 to 14). The edges of the leaves, which were formerly bound, are mutilated and are difficult to examine, but appears to be folio in 2s and 4s. Material: Paper. Ornamentation: Red double-line frame round each page, now very faded. Watermark: Pot. 17th Century? Scripts: Mixed 17th-century italics and secretaries. Scribe: The various leaves are in several hands (but not more than one hand to a leaf); the text does not necessarily fill up the page. The title-page may have been copied from a printed title-page. ; 29.9 x 19.0 cm

Scope and Contents

This manuscript appears to be a version or copy of a work which was first printed anonymously in 1620, in an attempt to arouse the people against the proposed "Spanish Marriage" -- the marriage of King James' son Charles with the Infanta of Spain. It is a fictitious account of the Spanish ambassador Gondomar's report to his government in 1618 on the progress of the Spanish plot for gaining supremacy over England. Title (leaf 1r):VOX Popvli / or / Newes From Spaine / translated according to the /Spanish coppie / Which may serue to forewarne both / England and the Vnited / Provinces how farr to / trust to Spanish / pretences. / [bar] / 1620 / [bar] / Incipit leaf 2r: [Caption title through "coppie"; variant "Spayne"] "His Catholique maiestie had giuen commaundement that p'sently..." Explicit leaf 14r: "...bel) vntill it / be spoken, / Thy kingdome is departed from thee. / Daniel 4."

Physical Location

MS P602

Custodial History

Faded 19th/20th century pencil on leaf 1r: "Complete Mss of Elizabethan era."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Charles Apfelbaum, 1991
Guide to the Thomas Scott Manuscript
Vox populi or Newes from Spaine
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1991; revised by ksc, 2005. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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Preferred citation
Thomas Scott Manuscript, Department of Special Collections, MS P602, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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