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Poems by Pedro Laynez

Call Number: MS A14


Book containing a fair copy of a collection of poems in the author's hand, probably written in Madrid, Spain. Contains a signed dedication, dedicatory [?] poem to Jacopo Boncempagni, and 26 other sonetos, canciones, villancicos, and stanze, some macaronic with Italian.


  • Creation: before 1584; perhaps before 1571


Language of Materials

Spanish; Italian

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Pedro Laynes, 1538?-1584

Pedro Laynes was a courtier (in the personal service of Don Carlos, the deranged son of Philip II, died 1568); poet; and friend of Cervantes. No work of his was published until 1950.


1 volume : Bound in tan goatskin (or calfskin), polished. Gilt rules and stamps on spine. 20th century. Foliated:[i-iii] 1-37 [iv-ix] (excluding 3 leaves of modern free end-papers). (The leaf-numbers are modern, perhaps by binder or bookdealer.) Text written in cancellaresca on paper support. ; 14.3 x 10.7 cm

Scope and Contents

The manuscript is continuously written. Items are numbered in this description for ease of reference only; no item numbers appear in the manuscript.

The following items apparently have not been published: 1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, and 28.

Leaves i-ix are blank (except for some inky scratches); leaves 2v and 37 are blank.

Mixed Italian and Spanish: 24, 25, 26.

Physical Location

MS A14

Custodial History

Marked with red crayon "8" on i recto; “xviii” on ii recto. In Kraus's hands by 1955 (see Serís)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

H.P. Kraus, by March 1958.


  • Serís, Homero.Un nuevo manuscrito con poesias ineditas de Laynez., Bulletin Hispanique LVII:3 (1955): 325-326.
  • Entrambasaguas, Joaquin de, ed. Obras [de Pedro Laynez]. Madrid, 1951.
Guide to the Pedro Laynez Manuscript
Poems by Pedro Laynez
Finding aid prepared by alh, June 4, 1981. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005.
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Poems by Pedro Laynez, Department of Special Collections, MS A14, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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