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Sale 885 — The Dr. Robert LeBow Collection, Part 1: Foreign Countries

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 November, 2004

Category — Royal Mail and Documents

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2042
c
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2042, Royal Mail and Documents1557, Letter from King Philip II of Spain to the Duke of Alva as Viceroy and Captain-General of the Kingdom of Naples, 1557, Letter from King Philip II of Spain to the Duke of Alva as Viceroy and Captain-General of the Kingdom of Naples1557, 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.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
2043
 
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2043, Royal Mail and Documents1588, Letter from King Philip II of Spain to the Duke of Parma, 1588, Letter from King Philip II of Spain to the Duke of Parma1588, Letter from King Philip II of Spain to the Duke of Parma. Oct. 16, 1588 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 to his nephew, the Duke of Parma, the signature is bold, very minor ink erosion in letters, with intact wafer seal

A HIGHLY EXHIBITABLE ROYAL LETTER FROM THE KING OF SPAIN, PHILIP I, TO HIS NEPHEW, THE DUKE OF PARMA.

Ex Robson Lowe

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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2044
c
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2044, Royal Mail and Documents1567, Letter from Catherine de Medici to Baron de Fourquevaux, 1567, Letter from Catherine de Medici to Baron de Fourquevaux1567, Letter from Catherine de Medici to Baron de Fourquevaux. One-page letter dated Aug. 26, 1567, signed "Caterine" to Raymond de Rouer, Baron de Fourquevaux (chevalier and ambassador to Spain), regarding concern over the health of Catherine's daughter, Elisabeth, the Queen of Spain (wife of Philip II), Very Fine, accompanied by transcript and history, Catherine was the sad wife of King Henri II of France, and her penchant for poisoning has overshadowed her more desirable character traits and accomplishments, such as bringing ballet and Italian cuisine to France

E. 500-750
650
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2045
c
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2045, Royal Mail and Documents1600, Letter to Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, 1600, Letter to Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria1600, Letter to Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria. Oct. 10, 1600 folded letter from St. Vith (now Trieste) with elaborate and flourishing address to (translation) "Our most serene Prince and Lord Sire Ferdinand Archduke to Austria... my most gracious Lord and Reigning Prince" in Graz, given to messenger on Oct. 26 and delivered Nov. 10, letter reports on sudden attacks by Venetians, Extremely Fine

E. 300-400
550
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2045A
c
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2045A, Royal Mail and Documents1672, Austrian Royal Letter, 1672, Austrian Royal Letter1672, Austrian Royal Letter. Folded letter from the Prince's councillors in Vienna with elaborate and flourishing address to (translation) "the very noble Sir, Sir Johann Andre Joanelli, Baron of Kollman...Lord Administrator in the Hungarian hilltownes...Schebnitz" (Slovakia), regarding several estates and mines managed for the Emperor, four different seals, Extremely Fine

E. 400-500
575
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2046
c
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2046, Royal Mail and Documents17th & 18th Century Germanic Letters, 17th & 18th Century Germanic Letters17th & 18th Century Germanic Letters. Eight folded letters with elaborate addresses and swirls (to indicate haste), dates and origins incl. 1680 Bavaria, 1683 Brunswick, 1685, 1782 Brunswick, 1714 Saxony (signed Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxony), 1727 Prussia, 1729 Saxony (from Frederick, Duke of Saxony), 1765 Saxony, all in excellent condition, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
1,250
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2047
 
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2047, Royal Mail and Documents1693, Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, to Franz Antoni de Albertis, 1693, Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, to Franz Antoni de Albertis1693, Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, to Franz Antoni de Albertis. Printed document dated Dec. 17, 1692, signed "Leopold" and countersigned by Theodore Henrich von Staitmann (Chancellor), to Franz Antoni de Albertis of the Tyrol, the printed notice expresses thanks to the Tyrolean assemblies for supporting the Holy Roman Empire in its war with the Turks and France, and it warns of imminent danger from the French in the Netherlands, finally it summons an appearance at a meeting to devise a defense against the threat, with large intact wafer seal, receipt docketing "Recept 16 Marty 1693", Very Fine and impressive royal document signed by Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, ex Robson Lowe

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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2048
c
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2048, Royal Mail and Documents1709, Letter from Holy Roman Emperor Josef I to Count Dietrichstein, Imperial Chamberlain, 1709, Letter from Holy Roman Emperor Josef I to Count Dietrichstein, Imperial Chamberlain1709, Letter from Holy Roman Emperor Josef I to Count Dietrichstein, Imperial Chamberlain. 5pp letter dated April 1709 with magnificent calligraphic address, signed by Josef I (also King of Hungary and Bohemia, Archduke of Austria), intact Royal paper seal, the letter instructs Count Dietrichstein to accompany the King of Denmark on his trip from Bassano in Italy to Innsbruck in the Tyrol, to extend all courtesies and to entertain the King at the Imperial residence in Innsbruck, Very Fine, at this time the Holy Roman Empire was at war with Louis XIV over the succession to the Spanish throne, and the King of Denmark was fighting in Italy on the side of the Empire

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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2049
c
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2049, Royal Mail and Documents1721, Official Letter with Seal of King George I, 1721, Official Letter with Seal of King George I1721, Official Letter with Seal of King George I. Folded letter in German dated May 26, 1721, signed by Munchausen and addressed to Stade (translation) "in the name of George I...to appoint the bailiff Fahlheim...to master of the messengers", elaborate wafer seal of George I, King of England 1714-27, Very Fine and scarce

E. 500-750
550
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2050
 
1827-85, Portugese Royal Documents. Two, 1827 letter from Isabella Maria, Princess Regent of Portugal, to Cardinal Palotta, and 1885 from Luiz I, King of Portugal, to Cardinal Angelo Jacobini, both are expressions of appreciation for Christmas blessings received, each signed with intact seals, Very Fine, ex Robson Lowe

E. 750-1,000
400
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2051
c
1863, Vittorio Emanuele II, King of Sardinia and King of Italy. Part-printed Royal Decree dated Sep. 20, 1863, and signed "Vittorio Emanuele", nominating Cardinal Balboni as Counsellor Delegate in Naples, folds and toning, large bold signature, Fine, ex Robson Lowe

E. 500-750
350
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2052
 
1885, Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany. Document signed "Wilhelm, Prince of Prussia" and dated at Potsdam, Oct. 17, 1885, regarding sale of cavalry horses, clean and Very Fine, ex Robson Lowe

E. 500-750
290
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