TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 290 x 200 mm
COMPONENTS: 8 leaves bound as a single quire of 4 bifolia. Collation: i8, the first leaf treated as a blank flyleaf. 22-26 long lines written in brown ink in italic script with one-line roman capitals; headings in larger capitals on ff. 2r-2v; written area: 215 x 125 mm. All text pages decorated with full borders containing delicate brown ink drawings. F. 2r with a cartouche depicting the king on a rearing horse firing a pistol, surmounted by a crown, below him a globe held by two putti and inscribed "America", below that the words NOS CAROLUS in a cartouche, all flanked by personifications of the church and the state and other motifs. On f. 2v the continuation of the text continues under a round seal stamped in in black ink, containing a coat of arms, and inscribed: CAROLUS III DEI GRATIA HISPANIARUM ET INDIARUM REX. Borders of ff. 2v-6v filled with vedute, vignettes, putti, cartouches, and various flourishes similar to those found in engraved writing-master books of the period. F. 7r with the last lines of the text and several notarial attestations. F. 7v blank. F. 8r with a large colored coat of arms surrounded by colored arabesque flourishes. F. 8v blank.
CONDITION: Binding of later red velvet over pasteboards (worn) with remains of two monkeys-fist closures of woven silk, red silk doublures and single red silk flyleaves front and back, remains of a braided silk cord intended to attach the seal and a circular depression inside the back cover intended to hold the seal (seal missing).
NOTES: Rare. From the Library of Roman Vishniac.
ITEM ID: 5320
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Illuminated Carta Executoria

Year: 1711
Decade: 1710s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)

Rare patent of nobility issued by Archduke Charles of Austria (later Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor), fashioning himself Charles III of Spain during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714), conveying the title of Marquess of Callus (in Catalonia) upon Don Jaime Vicente Alamany Descallar.

On the death of his Hapsburg relative King Charles II of Spain (1661-1700) without a direct heir, Archduke Charles of Austria declared himself the King of Spain, thus occasioning the War of the Spanish Succession, which pitted him against a rival candidate, Philip, Duke of Anjou, grandson of Louis XIV, and a distant cousin of the Archduke. In 1711, when his brother, the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph I died, the Archduke returned to Vienna to assume the imperial crown, while Philip was eventually recognized as King Philip V of Spain. During his brief time as claimant to the Spanish throne, Charles never extended his sphere of influence beyond Catalonia and lived there only from 1705 to 1711.

From the Library of Roman Vishniac:Roman Vishniac (/ˈvɪʃniæk/; Russian: Рома́н Соломо́нович Вишня́к; August 19, 1897 – January 22, 1990) was a Russian-American photographer, best known for capturing on film the culture of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. A major archive of his work was housed at the International Center of Photography until 2018, when Vishniac’s daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, donated it ( with an estimated 30,000 items ) to The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley. Vishniac was a versatile photographer, an accomplished biologist, an art collector and teacher of art history. He also made significant scientific contributions to photomicroscopy and time-lapse photography. Vishniac was very interested in history, especially that of his ancestors, and strongly attached to his Jewish roots; he was a Zionist later in life. His book A Vanished World, published in 1983, made him famous and is one of the most detailed pictorial documentations of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe in the 1930s.