SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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PHILIP II, King of Spain (1555-1598)
[Arms for Andalucian Family]. Carta Executoria de Hidalgu.

Royal confirmation of arms and nobility for the Morillo family of Castuera near Granada, and their descendants, ending a prolonged legal dispute between Juan and his brothers Gonzalo and Diego Morillo.

Published
[Dated at end: Granada: 15 May, 1591.
Plates
14
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
[Dated at end: Granada: 15 May, 1591.
Ref
871

Calligraphic manuscript on 44 leaves of strong vellum in folio. Finely executed by professional scribes in a delicate rounded gothic chancery hand, illuminated with two full-page paintings in gold and colours. A nuanced royal miniature portrait served as an opening initial. Ten large illuminated initials in gilt on various coloured backgrounds; each page ruled in red with double-line border in margins, calligraphic opening initials and head-pieces at the top, and flourishes and initials of the notary. Various official signatures at the end. Contemporary red velvet over boards, worn; edges gilt and gauffered. All housed in a purpose-built, velvet-lined red leather box with a black, gilt-lettered title label on the spine. Edges of right tail-end corners with traces of water-staining and some light worming, a small smirch in the heraldic plate, otherwise in a fresh state of preservation throughout. *Ron Norman of Hartlepool carried out rebinding and restoration work on this book. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: 1. A full-page painting shows the grantees with their father kneeling in adoration of the Virgin and the Infant Christ on high, surrounded by an ornamental border of blue floral ornaments on a gilt background incorporating the legend 'Don Philippe.' Cartouche portraits of St. John the Baptist & St. James in the top corners against a blue backdrop. 2. Full page heraldic illustration representing the Arms of the Morillo family (an armed knight is descending a ladder from a tower holding a sword in his right hand and the severed head of a royal victim in his left, whose decapitated body and a crown can be seen on top of the turret; below a groom waits with a horse). Surrounded by an elaborate multi-coloured border including a plumed helmet, grotesque heads, stylised lions, baroque pillars, and two putti holding a scroll with the legend 'por la gra d dios.' 3. A fine royal miniature portrait of Philip II, serving as an opening initial letter 'R.' 4. Coloured initial letter 'I.' 5. Coloured initial letter 'H.' 6. Coloured initial letter 'P.' 7. Coloured initial letter 'A.' 8. Coloured initial letter 'E.' 9. Coloured initial letter 'F.' 10-11. Coloured initial letters 'E' & 'F'. 12-13. Coloured initial letters 'E' & 'F'. 14. Coloured initial letter 'P.'