1760. Full Blindstamped Morocco. Very Good. Very beautiful Spanish Grant of Arms, with four full-page fetchingly naive paintings on vellum. These include one of a knight jousting, in addition to the the expected coat-of-arms, etc. Dated 1760, the manuscript bears the stamp of King Charles III. Folio, 32.5 by 22 cm. Three vellum leaves (one with painting on both sides), followed by 60 paginated leaves of paper, then 50 unpaginated leaves of paper. The unpaginated pages are given over to official correspondence, notarizations, and legal confirmation and the like. In addition to the full page paintings, there are two other pages with elaborate rococo watercolored decoration, plus occasional uses of red or green watercolor to mark a name or section break. These are less elaborate than might typically be associated with these Spanish patent illuminated manuscripts, in part, perhaps, because of the later date. But compensating for what might be seen as a lack in this area are the paintings, which definitely strike us as almost folk art, in the best sense of that descriptive rubric. This is undeniably a relative matter -- we are comparing this manuscript to others of the same purpose. The artwork brings to mind what is sometimes referred to as peasant Rococo. Surely this level of artistry would almost seem paradoxical to the august function of the particular document, and therein resides its especial charm and singularity. The vellum leaves are separated by yellow silk tissue guards. Also containing a family tree. The writing is throughout, and especially in the primary document, a very neat cursive calligraphy. Throughout there are tiny inconspicuous holes, and sometimes straight lines at the base of the leaves, where the writing instrument or ink has bore through the paper. Nonetheless the written document remains handsome and thoroughly legible. Light wear to the binding.
(Inventory #: 005070)
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