Lot 338: King James I and Queen Anne

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2015-10-29 11:33:39

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Lot 338: Rare vellum manuscript DS, signed "James R" and "Anna R," one page, 11.5 x 6.5, 1604. Document related to property in Scotland, mentioning the name of James Ogilvie of Balfour. In fair condition, with heavy intersecting folds worn thin but still strong, a horizontal fold through James's, significant staining and soiling (predominantly to center), and an unobtrusive hole to the left margin; Anne's signature is largely unaffected and remains exceptionally crisp and bold. The son of Mary, Queen of Scots, James succeeded to the Scottish throne as James VI in 1567 and ruled England and Ireland as James I from 1603 until his death in 1625. Anne married James in 1589, and in 1600 gave birth to his successor, King Charles I. She was well-known as an influential patron of the arts, and during King James's reign the 'Golden Age' of Elizabethan literature and drama continued to flourish with contributions from the likes of William Shakespeare, John Donne, and Francis Bacon. Although this was also a period of religious conflict between Catholic and Protestant factions, one of the most influential outcomes of his reign was the creation of the King James Bible, a translation which he authorized in 1604. King James and Queen Anne are very seldom seen in combination on a single document. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $3000-4000
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