Lot 653: Prominent author (1478–1529) most famous for The Book of the Courtier, considered the definitive account of Renaissance court life. Extremely rare LS in Italian, signed "Vostro come bon fratello, B. Castiglione," one page, 8.5 x 11.5, April 30, 1524. Untranslated letter written on the day of the Battle of Sesia to Capino da Capo, a soldier in the imperial service. Castiglione desires to have a defeat of King Francis I reported to him immediately, so that he can be the first to bring this good news to Pope Clement VII, who, at that time, was allied with Charles V. In very good condition, with an area of paper loss to the top edge, a few small edge tears and ink erosion (slightly affecting a few words of writing but not the signature), and scattered creases and soiling. Accompanied by a full transcript. The Spanish-Imperial forces commanded by Don Carlos de Lannoy inflicted a decisive defeat over the French forces during the Battle of Sesia, a pivotal moment in the Italian War of 1521–26.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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