PATENT OF NOBILITY

PATENT OF NOBILITY. Illuminated Manuscript in Spanish.

Madrid, 15 May 1709.

£3,250

[ZOZAYA, ARANIBAR, TOPALDA, YRISARRY families:] Patent of nobility issued by Joseph Alfonso de Guerra y Villegas, King of Arms to Philip V of Spain, in favour of Don Joseph de Zozaya y Aranibar.

Ca. 31×21 cm. Illuminated manuscript on vellum and laid paper, in Spanish, written in neat cursive hand in black ink, 21 lines, recto and verso. Two full-page miniatures in colours and gold showing the arms of families of Zozaya, Aranibar, Topalda, and Yrisarry; one page of decorative penwork incorporating name of the King of Arms and stamped royal seal. 21 leaves, including 4 paper. Contemporary wallet binding of embroidered green silk backed with paper, some fraying at edges, front cover partly discoloured, tears in paper backing; some stains on miniatures and in text, title loose.