Grenada, August 1602.
Illuminated manuscript on vellum skin.
Small folio of (56) ll., the last one blank, complete. 34 lines written in black ink on horizontal red lines. Justification: 260 x 160 mm.
4 full-page paintings, 4 tall illuminated historiated initials at chapter-headings, 17 smaller decorated and illuminated initials, 1 portrait of the king. A large gilt fillet frames each page.
Bound in red velvet over wooden boards, ribbed spine, vellum skin endpapers. 18th century binding.
310 x 208 mm.
Sumptuous manuscript on vellum skin, carefully handwritten in brown ink, with red lines and decorated with 21 superb illuminated and painted initials with gold or silver.
Carta executoria issued by Felipe III of Spain, in favour of Luis y Pedro de Miranda, from Seville, in Spanish.
The carta executoria was a document issued in the name of the king, usually to confirm a citizen’s noble status.
Finely handwritten in brown ink on vellum skin, the certificate opens with four superb full-page paintings , in colors and gold, protected by red silky papers : Christ on the cross, a Madonna and Child, a blazon and the big arms of the Miranda family (5 scallop shells above undressed chests of young girls).
These paintings are followed by 53 leaves of text, written inside nice gilt and grisaille frames, embellished with 4 large illuminated historiated initials at chapter-headings, a portrait of the king and 17 initial letters finely drawn and illuminated with silver, confirming Luis and Pedro de Miranda’s right of inheritance to their title of nobility.
Capital document for Spain, the Carta executoria de hidalguia, is, for researchers, genealogists, heraldry experts, a primary source, containing numerous information in various fields, social, material, economic, etc…
This sumptuously illuminated carta executoria confirms, at their request, the status of Hidalguia of Luis and Pedro de Miranda, residents of Seville.
The document is dated 18 September 1602 in Granada, and is ratified first on 19 August 1602.
Superb copy of this Spanish certificate of nobility from the beginning of the 17th century entirely illuminated on vellum skin.