Lot 279: Sought after pairing of documents from the powerful Spanish monarchs best known as the sponsors and patrons of Christopher Columbus. First is a manuscript DS in Spanish signed by Ferdinand, "Yo el Rey," one page, 11.5 x 8.5, June 29, 1476. In part (translated): "We inform you that Juan Sanches of Bicunna the Younger…recounted to us in his petition that…Juan Peres…Juan Sanches Gurria…and other companions of theirs…had taken and stolen a mare from him by stealth, against his will, from the territory of the said place of Bicunna, which mare he says could be worth three thousand maravedies on a just estimate. And he says that although he has requested you to have the said mare returned, or the said three thousand maravedies of the estimate, and punish the said evildoers, you have not wanted and do not want to do it, nor have you wanted to administer justice in the matter up to the present…We resolved to write to you about the matter, for which reason we order and charge you that immediately upon seeing this, you have the said mare restored and returned to the said Juan Sanches, our subject, or the said three thousand maravedies of the estimate, with all the costs that he has incurred in this matter, doing full justice in this matter according to your obligation." Second is a manuscript DS signed by Isabella, "Yo la Reyna," one page, 8.75 x 11.75, September 26, 1499. Isabella orders her chamberlain Sancho de Paredes to (translated) "immediately give and pay to Francisco Hernandes, bookseller, one thousand one hundred ninety maravedies that he is to have on account of three breviaries that I ordered to be taken from him." The bookseller acknowledges receipt of the payment below. In overall very good condition, with repaired separations to intersecting folds (some of which pass through signatures), other areas of repaired paper loss, and moderate to heavy scattered staining and soiling. Documents from the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella are always sought after and this desirable pair offers a nice combination of diverse and interesting content.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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