Lot 290: Duke of Florence from 1537 until his death in 1574, reigning as the first Grand Duke of Tuscany beginning in 1569. LS in Italian, signed "Il Duca di Fiorenza," one page, 8.25 x 11, November 26, 1560. Letter to Piero Machiavelli, the commander of Medici's galleys and military vessels. Cosimo writes concerning a Turk named Bali who now commands his own vessel and had once been made prisoner in the voyage of sixteen galleys to the Levant. He goes on to say (translated), "This Turk, Bali, is the brother of a certain Abraim, a favorite of the Pacha," and that Bali promises that he will obtain, through his brother, the liberation of some of Cosimo's men, according to certain conditions. Overall staining and soiling, dampstaining to lower right, tears and some paper loss to edges, and paper loss to the center affecting words in the last few lines of the letter, otherwise very good condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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