ORIGINAL TITLE Title: Carta Confirmatoria de Hidalguía
PRONUNCIATION: Carta Confirmatoria de Hidalguía
TYPE: Book
COMPONENTS: On paper and vellum; Folio. Ca. 170 folios; New red velvet binding in traditional style as above, with green ribbon ties, in a clamshell box with leather spine label; elements of original binding preserved in box compartment, this having been of silk brocade over paste boards with Dutch gilt paper endpapers. The wastepaper used to make the boards was from a Mexican book, confirming the original binding to have been Mexican.
CONDITION: Some text leaves torn with loss of text at outer margin, leaves repaired; one vellum leaf with top half excised and a neighboring paper one with its bottom half taken. Otherwise, only some few tears, none serious.
NOTES: A production and survival both treasurable and study-able. The end papers confirming Mexican bookbinding to have been rather more “international” in its resources than many will have imagined! Original MEXICAN Binding Available for Analysis.
ITEM ID: 451
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Mexican Grant of Nobility

Year: 1706
Decade: 1700s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)
Notes: ca. 1583–1706.

Mexican Hidalgo presentation with vivid full-page paintings by the Martínez, Marín, Montemayor, and Almonazi families. In July of 1706 Viceroy Albuquerque of Mexico confirmed Capt. Juan Silvestre Martínez de Montemayor to be an hidalgo. The captain presented copies and original documents of ancestors who had previously successfully petitioned in Spain and Mexico for recognition of their status of minor nobility.

The earliest documents relate to Francisco Martínez Marín’s being granted a coat of arms, and through those documents we learn that the Martínez were among the first resisters of the Moorish invasion and that the Marín family were conquerors of Almeria who had participated in the war with Portugal in the 1530s, as well as other wars in Italy and the Mediterranean against the Turks and pirates. Don Francisco was entitled to use the symbol of the Inquisition and was a member of the Orders of Calatrava and Santiago.

The Mexican documents relate to the Almonazir, Silvestre, and Martínez de Montemayor families and the interconnections. These documents date from the 1620s, 1630s,and 1680s.

The documents are written in standard notarial hand with little attempt at fine calligraphy, but in the narrative portions the lettering is studied and colorful embellishments are not lacking. Many pages are red-ruled, significant words or phrases appear in red, and one whole page is written large in red with two red birds at its bottom, while green, blue, and a bisque that almost looks like gold are used for lettering and modest decoration in the same section. Two documents are signed by Viceroy Albuquerque in his own large, distinctive hand, and a third document confirming an appointment of the Alferez Silvestre Martínez de Montemayor is signed by the Marques de la Laguna (i.e., the viceroy in 1685).The Six Illustrations: Four full-page, full-color, illuminated coats of arms on vellum of the Marín, Martínez, Almonazir, and Montemayor families; a full-page full-color miniature of a Martínez on horseback slaying a Moor (a strangely garbed Moor, but by his curved sword a Moor nonetheless), and a half-page portrait of Diego de Urbina, the king of arms under Felipe II, with his name and title illumined below. Salmon silk guards are present for several of these.

Name: Martínez, Marín, Montemayor, & Almonazi families.
Type: Author