1557, Letter from King Philip II of Spain to the Duke of Alva as Viceroy and Captain-General of the Kingdom of Naples.
Dec. 2, 1557 folded letter signed "Yo el Rey F"
("I the King, Felipe") by Philip II, King of Spain and consort of Queen Mary I of England, written from Brussels shortly after he defeated the French at the battle of St. Quentin on Oct. 10, to the Duke of Alva on behalf of Averardo de Medici regarding de Medici's application for kinghthood, the letter also mentions 400 escudos per annum and taxes due to the Kingdom on silk and wine, some wear along folds and minor stains, the signature is bold and only touched by a slightly toned fold
A MAGNIFICENT ROYAL LETTER FROM THE KING OF SPAIN, PHILIP I, WRITTEN AT THE SPANISH EMPIRE'S HEIGHT OF POWER, WHEN IT RULED MOST OF THE NEW WORLD, THE LOW COUNTRIES AND LARGE PARTS OF ITALY.
Ex Christie's Robson Lowe 6/27/1985 sale, lot 1283.
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