Lot 264: Manuscript DS, signed "Louis," one page, 7.75 x 12, March 30, 1649. Untranslated royal military decree from Saint-Germain-En-Laye signed at the conclusion by King Louis and countersigned by Secretary of State for War Michel Le Tellier. Retains most of the original red wax seal affixed to the left margin. In very good condition, with scattered creases and wrinkles, light overall foxing and soiling, and a few areas of paper loss to edges and upper left. This document dates to shortly after the Peace of Rueil was signed on March 11 to end the opening episodes of the Fronde, a civil war that continued until 1653. With Paris under siege, the royal faction had fled the city, moving the court to Saint-Germaine-En-Laye, where this document was signed. At the time of signing, Louis was a mere eleven years old and the government was still under the control of his mother, Queen Anne, and the chief minister, Cardinal Mazarin. A highly desirable document from an important period in French history.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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