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Baroque Library

Baroque Library

Focus Foundation

Old Books and Manuscripts Collection

Imbentario de las Alagas de la Real Capilla de Nuestra Señora de los Reyes y Sr. Sn. Fernando, 1758.Fundación Focus-Abengoa.

Imbentario de las Alagas de la Real Capilla de Nuestra Señora de los Reyes y Sr. Sn. Fernando, 1758. Fundación Focus.

The Baroque Library houses over 400 books and volumes belonging to its ancient repository, that contains documents dated from 15th to 19th centuries (printed books from 1499 to 1830; manuscripts between 1588 and 1902).

The incunabulum De Summo Bono by San Isidoro –published in 1499– and the history of Seville by chroniclers such as Alonso Morgado (1587), Pablo Espinosa (1627-1630), Rodrigo Caro (1634) or Diego Ortiz de Zúñiga (1796) stand out above our print volumes. The collection also includes several handwritten books like a copy of Repartimientos de Sevilla by Esteban de Garibay and Juan Argote de Molina (1588), inventories of goods of some of the chapels of the Cathedral, rules and ordinances of religious communities and brotherhoods, records of activities in churches and hospitals –San Bernardo hospital (1707)– or pieces of news from other towns such as Estepa and Aracena.

The documents and books focus on a wide range of issues about the city of Seville and its surroundings in different periods of time. It is worth noting the inventories undertaken after the bankruptcy of the House of Osuna (c. 1897), the papers regarding to the Junta Suprema Central and the Independence War (1808-1814), the municipal files (titles to real estate, rolls, edicts, etc.) and the documents about the situation of specific churches, as in the case of Santa Ana temple, for instance.

Furthermore, the collection contains part of Francisco Farfán Ramos’ personal archive, made up of twenty manuscripts on the Holy Week that was held during the French occupation and information about religious communities and brotherhoods. The notes by this cabinetmaker and writer also cover epitaphs taken from tombstones in the Cathedral and other churches, which Farfán compiled through bibliographic references.

Finally, the ancient repository of Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez Legacy includes unique volumes such as the first edition of Vestigatio arcani sensu Apocalypsi (Antwerp, 1614) by Luis del Alcázar, a Jesuit, or Bavaria Sancta by Radero, which was published in 1615 and also contains engravings by Wierix. These old books, that inspired different Baroque artists in their work, made up this collection along with some other biography volumes that are decorated with high quality drawings as in the case of Honras fúnebres de Felipe IV by Pedro Rodríguez de Monforte and printed in 1666. Architecture treatises by Giacomo Vignola (1682), Sebastiano Serlio (1544), Juan Caramuel (Arquitectura Oblicua, 1678) or Fray Lorenzo de San Nicolás (Arte y uso de la Arquitectura, 4th edition, 1796) round off this bibliographic fund, as well as several art treatises dated from 16th to 19th centuries. A Moorish Book (c. 1400 – 1500) in Arabic characters, with miniature paintings and embossed cover is the oldest and most remarkable piece in Pérez Sánchez repository.


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