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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ital 112

Walter Sneyd collection of early modern documents


Documents of German emperors and European nobility compiled by English caricaturist and minister Walter Sneyd.


  • 1363-1800
  • Majority of material found in 1600-1800

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.25 linear feet (1 volume)

Contains chiefly manuscripts copied in unidentified hands in the late 17th and early 18th centuries of earlier compositions and letters, including documents attributed to various Holy Roman Emperors (Friedrich I, Heinrich VII, and Leopold I), an autograph manuscript by Kaspar Schoppe concerning the works of Machiavelli, and manuscripts in unidentified hands by Paolo Sarpi concerning life in Venice under papal interdict (1606), among other subjects. Also includes a mid-14th century manuscript in an unidentified hand of an investigative report about the disposition of Church property in the diocese of Korone, Greece.

Biographical / Historical

Sneyd was an English amateur caricaturist and minister.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition


Purchased with the Nash fund; received: 1973 July 1.

Sneyd, Walter, 1809-1888, compiler. Walter Sneyd collection of early modern documents: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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