MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Book
COMPONENTS: Bound volume containing six original documents on stamped paper; Folio, 11 leaves; Contemporary binding, distinctively patterned, mottled calf with gilt tooling on spine and covers. Exquisitely worked gilt silver closures of an elaborate ribbon and leaves design; endpapers are a vivid pattern of flowers and berries and fruits on vines, all with handcoloring via stencils.
CONDITION: Excellent condition. Binding with light abrasion to edges; gilt on the silver closures partially perished. One closure broken at the clasp.
NOTES: A handsome, significant production.
ITEM ID: 450
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Mexican Manuscript on Lines of Succession

DATE
Year: 1773
Decade: 1770s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)

Mexican line of succession manuscript with original decorative silver and gilt binding and silver clasps. The text was signed three times by Viceroy Bucareli, Luna Gorraez y Malo, José Antonio Pedro Miguel Domingo de and incorporates relevant portions of older documents. Viceroy Antonio Bucareli y Ursua confirms Don José Antonio Pedro Miguel Domingo de Luna Gorraez y Malo, the Mariscal de Castilla, in his claim to the title and position of aguacil mayor perpetuo of the Tribunal de Cuentas, a position the mariscal inherited upon the death of his father. The post in question became part of the entailed estate of the mariscal’s family during the reign of Viceroy Albuquerque, and the line of succession is detailed in these documents. Because of the entail, the mariscal presents himself, with appropriate background documents, in order to obtain recognition of his claim.Viceroy Bucareli signs three of these four documents, once in full, the other two times as “Bucareli,” and he affixes the viceregal paper-over-wax seal at the bottom of the main document. The initial page of this manuscript bears an expertly designed and executed baroque manuscript border/frame, accomplished in shades of grey ink. The text contained within it is a very good example of Mexican calligraphy of the era.

ARTISTS
Name: Viceroy Burcareli Luna Gorraez y Malo
Type: Author