Lot 350: Spanish monarchs best known as the sponsors and patrons of Christopher Columbus. Manuscript DS in Spanish, signed by King Ferdinand V, "Yo el Rey," and Queen Isabella, "Yo la Reyna," one page, 8.75 x 10, November 28, 1488. Document concerning supplies for the ongoing war with Granada, ordering the cities and towns of Andalusia to allow the city of Loja to purchase provisions. The body of the document is in the hand of the royal secretary, Fernado Alverez de Toledo. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, soiling, and significant dampstaining to the right side affecting half of Isabella's signature. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of Ferdinand.
Located in southern Andalusia, the town of Loja—affectionately referred to as the 'flower among thorns' by Isabella—had been seized from the Moors in 1486, four years into the Granada War. On the far western side of the Muslim stronghold, Loja's capture was crucial in the monarch's fight for Granada, the only area that had resisted the Reconquista, and thus, the only Arab Emirate in the otherwise unified Spain. Fighting would continue until 1492, when Muhammad XII finally surrendered the Emirate and the Alhambra palace to invading forces. A scarce and always sought-after document from Ferdinand and Isabella, actively fighting to complete their reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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