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Philip II King of Spain (1555-98). Confirmation of arms for an Estremaduran family.
Carta executoria de hidalgía in favour of Antonio Gutierres, and his sisters Maria, Catalina, Ana, Lucia, and Francisca Gutierres, of Cáceres (Estremadura).
Dated at end: Granada, 12 August 1566. Folio. Calligraphic manuscript of 48 leaves of strong vellum, ruled in red with double-line border in margins throughout (including the 7 otherwise blank leaves at the end). 36 lines to a page finely executed in a rounded gothic chancery hand. First initial painted in gold on a blue background; calligraphic opening initials and head-pieces throughout; flourishes and initials of the notary in tailend margins; at the end, signatures of Dr Ostos Pecayas, Lic. Juan Velasques, Dr Torres and various other officials; subsequent manuscript notarial entries confirming the authenticity of the document. With full-page illuminated frontispiece painting on verso of first leaf. Bound in contemporary limp vellum (repaired) with original flaps, toggles and ties intact. Royal confirmation of arms and nobility for the Gutierres family from Cáceres, Estremadura, and their descendants. The illuminated full-page painting is made up of three panels: the top left contains a fine miniature painting of the Annunciation (140 x 110mm), the top right bears the king’s name in bold gilt lettering ‘Don Phelipe’ on a blue speckled background interlined with red bars ornamented in white (140 x 95mm); the lower panel contains the family arms showing a lion rampant crossed with the heads of two hounds in gilt on a green shield within multi-coloured borders of orange, blue and red, flanked on each side by a floral –grotesque ornamental border in red, green, and blue, on a gilt background (170 x 203mm). A good example of Spanish baroque calligraphy and illumination in its … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Hünersdorff Rare Books ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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