Title: Carta De Hidalguia. Manuscript Patent of Nobility for Andres de Paramo y Sendes in Valladolid, September 1596
Condition: Very Good
A late 16th century illuminated carta de hidalguia manuscript, or patent of nobility for one Andres de Paramo y Sendes, granted in Valladolid in September 1596, and registered in Moron, now known as Moron de la Frontera, a Spanish town in Seville province, Andalusia.
This manuscript presents beautiful calligraphy of the late 16th century, written in a humanist script, with 9 lines of the text having been illuminated against red and blue backgrounds. There is a beautiful and highly detailed full-page miniature to the beginning, depicting the Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus, and the Sendes family kneeling towards the Virgin and Infant Jesus on the upper section. The granted coat of arms is on the lower section, and there are floral designs to the golden borders. There are several signatures to the second last leaf.
This manuscript has been bound in brown morocco, richly tooled and adorned with several frames of decorations and gilt designs, with a central motif surrounded by animal designs. Each frame has alternating decorations of floral designs and animals, with icons of lions, unicorns, dogs and rabbits. The silk guard is also present, protecting the miniature.
One finely bound illuminated manuscript in folio, 33 leaves on parchment
On note of condition, this manuscript is in very good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the binding. There is light staining and some toning throughout. There is staining to the 27th leaf, which has obscured several letters.