Lot 271: Russian czar (1672–1725) who ruled from 1682 until his death. Peter was an instrumental force in the Westernization and expansion of Russia into a major European power. Rare manuscript DS in Cyrillic, signed "Peter," one page, 12.25 x 8, Saint Petersburg, December 17, 1717. The czar grants Artillery Major Johnson Henning permission to recruit craftsmen in Germany. A German translation is affixed to the reverse of the document. In very good condition, with a few small separations along intersecting folds and scattered light toning and foxing. The paper and wax seal are uniformly toned with a couple of small separations to lower portion. With precise writing, a bold signature, and the superb large seal, this is a very attractive piece.Known for embracing European craftsmanship and methods, Peter spent a good deal of his life studying abroad, from shipbuilding in the Netherlands to urban planning in Manchester, England. Returning to Russia, he used all he had learned to expand the Russian Navy and develop Saint Petersburg into a world-class city. He also launched an effort to recruit skilled workers from abroad to train his own workforce—the topic at hand here. An excellent document in view of Peter's efforts to develop a modern Russia, welcoming the valuable input of the Western World.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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