Title: Manuscript Patent of Nobility for Johann Maximilian Pelican and all his descendants in Vienna, Signed by Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, July 1st 1724
Condition: Very Good
An early 18th century manuscript patent of nobility for one Johann Maximilian Pelican and all his descendants, granted in Vienna, July 1, 1724, and permitting them to use a coat of arms.
This manuscript presents beautiful calligraphy of the early 18th century, written in a flowing script, opening with flowing designs to the first leaf, with several additional initials throughout. The illuminated coat of arms is present to the sixth leaf, in vividly illuminated detail. At the top of the coat of arms is an additional illuminated icon of the double headed Reichsadler used by the Habsburg emperors, and smaller icons indicating other lines of nobility.
Additionally, this patent has been signed by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles VI. Four years before the birth of his daughter, Charles provided for a male-line succession failure with the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, and although her ascension led to the War of the Austrian Succession, Charles VI was able to pave the way for his daughter Maria Theresa, to become Holy Roman Empress in 1745, who reigned for 40 years alongside her husband Francis I.
One manuscript in folio, 10 leaves on parchment
On note of condition, this manuscript is in very good shape, with very small, closed tears to the lower edge. There is minor staining throughout.