MATERIAL: Parchment
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 30.5 cm; 11.875"
COMPONENTS: Original Blind-Tooled Binding; [4], 71–125 ff. Binding: Full calf over light, flexible paste boards. Blind-tooled single rules elaborately criss-cross in large diamond and half-diamond patterns on both covers, with blind-tooled florettes gracing the diamonds' and half diamonds' interiors.
CONDITION: Binding as above, a little rubbed; evidence of green silk ties. Some worming, affecting text; some iron-gall ink “lacing” affecting ability to read text.
NOTES: Examples of Peruvian 17th-century miniatures on vellum are uncommon if not downright rare. Intricate 17th-century Peruvian bindings are rare in commerce in our experience.

Oviedo, Spain: A. & G. Way, prs.
ITEM ID: 644
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Peruvian Carte Manuscript

DATE
Year: 1627
Decade: 1620s
Century: 17th (1601-1700)

17th-Century Peruvian art on parchment with text of the application of Cabezas Gerion for recognition of hidalguiav (Carta confirmatoria de hidalguia). In addition to the text, there are three illuminated full-page miniatures: two coats of arms and a family tree, the latter depicting the tree arising from the chest of Garci Cabezas Gerion, who lies in state in a suit of armor. Cabezas Gerion was born in Lima of parents and grandparents who were Peruvian born and who enjoyed minor noble status. He here seeks to have his standing as an hidalgo confirmed, presenting copies of documents from as far back as 1456 (in 1620s copies) but chiefly relying on the testimony of citizens of Lima who have known his family and its genealogy.