1805 · Zaragoza
This patent of nobility ("Real Provision Executoria de Infanzonía") outlines the history of the Ximenez de Bagües family and the meaning of their assigned coat of arms. Three pages contain an "Arbol Genealogico" starting in 1596 with Don Miguel Ximenez de Bagües; two of these pages are => hand-colored with black and green ink to form leafy branches connecting members of the family tree.
Printed patents of nobility are unusual as the documents were normally created as an ornate manuscript using multiple colors. Searches of the CCPB show 16 examples of printed patents of nobility and the Spanish National Library claims only one; WorldCat lists only one example held in the United States. => None of these examples describe the Ximenez de Bagües family.
The final leaf is a => full-page copperplate engraving of the Don Pedro Ximenez de Bagües coat of arms in sepia ink, surmounted by a helm and banners, supported by putti, and surrounded with military impedimenta including spears, a club, a bugle, a shield, a drum, cannonballs, and a cuirass. The plate is signed "Js. Dordal" for José Dordal (1780–1808), a Zaragosan engraver known for his portraits, including one of Ramon Pignatelli.
Palau 251745. Later tan buckram with light soiling on covers and spots of discoloration; small amount of pencilling on endpapers. Gentle age-toning, light marginal waterstaining, and some creasing; two small wormholes in top margin of title-page, same leaf with a sliver of upper gutter margin lost and the next with that portion folded down in binding; a handful of very small pinpricks on outer edge of plate. => A visually engaging example of an unusual, PRINTED patent of nobility. (Inventory #: 36039)