Lot 357: King of France (born 1638) from 1643 until his death in 1715, known as the 'Sun King' for the glittering splendor of his court at Versailles and the unparalleled glory of France during his 72-year reign. Manuscript DS in French, signed "Louis," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 9.5 x 14, March 6, 1697. Ship's papers for Francois Constant Commander of the Flemish vessel "The Sire Francois of Nieuport" granting it safe passage and support, and authorizing it to carry goods and provisions "from our city of Dunkirk to Rotterdam on condition that said vessel's cargo consist of merchandise and provisions that have been grown or manufactured in Our Kingdom." Signed at the conclusion by King Louis and countersigned by his illegitimate son Louis Alexandre de Bourbon, Minister Phelypeaux, and the Dauphin. The paper seal beside the king's signature is fully intact, as is the red wax seal on the adjoining page. In very good condition, with professional repairs and restorations, intersecting folds, overall toning, and scattered soiling. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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