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Pierre Villars' Memoirs of the Court of Spain

Call Number: MS C84


Mémoires de la Cour d'Espagne depuis l'année 1678, jusqu'en l'année 1682. Leaf [1] blank, leafs [2-3] are an Introduction suggesting le marquis de Villars to be the author. Engraved portrait of Louis Hector, duc de Villars, with another version pasted on the back. Leaf [4] most of introduction, leaf [5] blank, numbered pages 1-427 text. Leaf [1-12] at the end of the volume is Tables de maitieres, leaf [13] blank. There are also two letters found laid in the volume, located at MS P196.


  • Creation: after 1682 (18th century?)


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1 volume (1 volume + 1 folder) : Binding: 19th Century polished calf, with supra-libros of Sir William Stirling-Maxwell. Pagination: [5 leaves (2 engraved parts between 3 & 4)] 427p [13 leaves]. Ornamentation: 2 engraved portraits of Louis Hector, duc de Villars, 1653-1734 bound in (one pasted to the back of the other). Material: Paper. ; Volume measures 242 x 183 mm.

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Physical Location

MS C84

Physical Location

MS P196

Custodial History

Bookplate and supra-libros of Sir William Stirling-Maxwell (1818-1878) (as William Stirling) [both acquired before his succession in 1847].

Tipped in before the fly-leaf are an account of de Villars by Sir William Stirling-Maxwell and a note of thanks from the Due d'Aumale to Stirling-Maxwell for the loan of the manusript, dated Orleans House, April 11, 1896.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Stirling-Maxwell, 1958

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Pierre Villars' Memoirs of the Court of Spain
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Pierre Villars' Memoirs of the Court of Spain, MS C84, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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