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Patent of Nobility: MS 5-1955

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Patent of Nobility




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii paper flyleaves + 8 fols. + iii paper flyleaves, 321 x 225 mm (240 x 160 mm), 47 long lines, ruled in pale red ink

BINDING: Twentieth century, red morocco spine and corner-pieces with marbled paper over pasteboards

CONTENTS: fols. 1v-7v Patent of Nobility granted by Charles V (1500-1558) and his mother Joanna to Rodrigo Telles of Peñafiel (Province of Valladolid), dated 15 January 1535; fol. 8r Notes dated February 1535

ORNAMENTATION: Inhabited initial [D, 13 ll.] in blue housing a shield of arms (or with 13 roundels azure, a bordure gules charged with 8 saltires or) and accompanied by a full inhabited border of flowers and jewels with two doves on a gold ground, with the opening words DON CARLOS written in blue in the upper bar (fol. 1v); large figures in red crayon added on fol. 8v.


History note: Rodrigo Telles of Peñafiel (Province of Valladolid), 1535; erased brown ink shields of arms and notes in black ink on fol. 1r: Carlos y Juana/ Ano 1535/ no. 19; Juan Catalina Garcia Lopez (1845-1911), historian of the province of Guadalajara (note in a nineteenth-century hand on fol. 1r: Deposito del Excellentissimo Senor Dn. Juan Catalina Garcia); T.S. Blakeney (1903-1976), armorial bookplate pasted inside upper cover; presented by him to the Museum in 1955.

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  • Valladolid ⪼ Spain

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Method of acquisition: Given (1955) by Blakeney, T. S.

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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  • Text: [po]sesyon velcasy
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Accession number: MS 5-1955
Primary reference Number: 176665
Project ID: 3561
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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