Contemporary Full Calf. Modern buckram cloth chemise and slipcase.
Valladolid, Spain, 1571. Contemporary Full Calf. Modern buckram cloth chemise and slipcase. . Good. Folio. 32 by 21 cm. 46 numbered vellum leaves, 49 vellum leaves in total, plus a few paper blanks front and rear. On an early page is a painting of the elaborate Cordoba family coat-of-arms, within which are several towers and armored figures depicted, and radiating out from are 25 banners. Also containing by our count 84 instances of illuminated lettering, most often a single letter but not infrequently a word or more, almost always in either case enclosed in a box or rectangle with other ornamentation surrounding the letter. The manuscript itself is essentially a record of a lawsuit involving the Cordoba family which brought to recover property improperly seized by the city of Talamanca in the collection of tax. In the suit the Cordobas asserted that on account of their nobility they were exempt from taxation. The family was able to establish their noble status and thereby prevail in the lawsuit. Thus the document is strictly speaking, not a straightforward patent of nobility, which is a document that accompanies an ennoblement or elevation in noble status ab initio but rather a testament to noble status that long predates the document. For many, the primary interest of the document, though, is not its literal contents but rather its age and beauty. As to the latter, there is the writing, the illumination and the illustration. The writing is in a Gothic script then in common use but to the untrained eye, quite inscrutable when it comes to reading it. Few would not recognize its elegance, and here the writing is rendered with a preternaturally neat hand. The full calf binding is certainly early, if not contemporary, with the document. It is decorated with gilt Baroque devices on both the front and back. The front also has the name "Cordoba" impressed in gilt. The binding itself is heavily rubbed and abraded. Ribbon ties but for a tiny remnant are perished. Still, an appropriate and handsome complement to the contents. 18th century endpapers, either from the 1700s or 1800s. The document appears to have once been folded and the vellum is wavy throughout. Some leaves are heavily soiled and dampstained, but never is the text obscured. The modern slipcase and chemise are in fine condition but even with the leather title label on the spine, are nothing more than a good functiional method to preserve the prize within. (Inventory #: 005073)
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