Lot 252: Manuscript DS in Spanish, signed "Yo la Reyna," one page both sides, 8 x 11.75, January 15, 1501. Document ordering the queen's chamberlain, Sancho de Paredes, to pay an engraver for crosses supplied to the queen, listing the characteristics of each piece such as size and shape, and whether they were jeweled or gilded. Signed at the conclusion by Queen Isabella and countersigned below by her secretary Gaspar de Trizio. In very good condition, with show-through from writing to opposing sides, two cancellation cuts to the body, and a spot of adhesive remnants to the top edge.
Queen Isabella famously offered to sell her crown jewels to pay for Columbus's expedition, but her advisers assured her there were other ways to finance the journey. That this document concerns jeweled crosses is of particular interest as Isabella and Ferdinand are known for embarking on a process of spiritual unification in Spain with the Spanish Inquisition, trying to bring the country under the single faith of Roman Catholicism during the period this document was signed. Isabella was also astute in managing the nation's finances, making a financial document such as this especially desirable.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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