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Anglerius, Peter Martyr (1455-1526)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MS.8462
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Anglerius, Peter Martyr (1455-1526)
Date(s): c1855
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 7 volumes and 1 loose-leaf binder
Name of creator(s): D'anghiera | Pietro Martire | 1457-1526 | historian x Martire D'anghiera
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Peter Martyr of Anghiera (in Italian, Pietro Martire D'anghiera; in Spanish Pedro Mįrtir De Anghiera, Latin, Petrus Martyr Anglerius or ab Angleria) was an Italian-born historian of Spain, particularly of its discoveries during the Age of Exploration. Born, 1457; gave the first accounts of Spanish expeditions in Central and South America in letters and reports that were published, in Latin, during 1511-1530, grouped into sets of ten chapters called 'Decades'; his De Orbe Novo (published posthumously in 1530) describes the first contacts of Europeans and native Americans. Opus epistolarum, also published posthumously in 1530, is a collection of letters to or from ecclesiastical dignitaries, generals, and statesmen of Spain and Italy, dealing with contemporary events and particularly with the history of Spain during the years of exploration. Died, 1526.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript translation into English, by an unknown hand, of Petrus Martyr Anglerius, Opus epistolarum ... Cui accesserunt epistolę Ferdinandi de Pulgar, Latinę pariter atque Hispanicę (in Latinum idioma conuersę a J. Magon), cum tractatu Hispanico de viris Castellę illustribus, edited by C. Patin, (Elsevir, Amsterdam, 1670) 'The Work of the Letters of Peter Martyr of Angleria, a which are added the letters of Fernandez de Pulgar....'.

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Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Described in Richard Aspin and Christopher Hilton's typescript supplement to S.A.J Moorat's Catalogue of Western Manuscripts, drawing upon card index descriptions.

Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from F. Norman, July 1972.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2008

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