Lot 444: Military leader and politician (1583–1634) who fought on behalf of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II in the Thirty Years' War, becoming the supreme commander of the armies of the Habsburg Monarchy. ALS in German, one page, 8.25 x 12.25, November 12, 1627. Letter to Colonel Hans Georg von Arnim, in part (translated): "As Colonel Hausmann is now traveling to you, I wanted to ask you once more to maintain sharp discipline so as to prevent the country's ruin, which would throw them and later the poor into desperation. Keep a close grasp on the contributions and taxes from the towns, such as the 4000 men from Rostock and the 1000 horses from Stralsund and Stettin, so that we may use them in case of need. Have the artillery cast in Lübeck or wherever you wish as soon as possible so that the guns may be ready by spring. The island of Rügen must be strongly fortified." Intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature) and mild scattered creasing and soiling, otherwise fine condition.
The year before penning this letter, Wallenstein had completed his successful march north against the Danes, occupying Mecklenburg, Pomerania, and Jutland before finding himself at a standstill; with a strong army but no naval fleet, he was unable to reach the Danish capital, Copenhagen. In 1929, the Treaty of Lubeck offered temporary relief in the war-torn region, giving Wallenstein a few years of peace before Sweden intervened and fighting resumed. Items signed by Wallenstein are exceedingly rare and sought-after, especially with direct military content from the height of the Thirty Years' War, which he would not survive to see concluded.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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