MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 31cm x 21.5cm x 1.5cm.
COMPONENTS: Hand written volume bound in vellum; original loop ties; hand written title to top cover; page edges are red, title page is has calligraphy, is decorated and bordered in red; plus 64 pages; margin notes and flourishes to bottom of text; last page includes six different signatures, a pasted seal, and an official ink stamp
CONDITION: Vellum rather stained and grubby and a little wrinkled. The edges are a bit nicked and bumped. Internally, the endpapers to the front and rear are rather torn, because the velum has become brittle and stuck throughout, and there is worming and foxing. The front free endpaper has a heavy crease. The front hinge is cracked and thus the vellum cover is pulling away from the contents a bit. The three blanks to rear, are more affected by worming. The title page and 32 leaves are browned/foxed throughout, with a few minor ink smudges. All text is still very clear and legible.
NOTES: This is a very rare item indeed. This is a fabulously unique manuscript document. I don't think this document has anything to do with New Spain. It is about cleanliness of blood, in Navarra. It says he has no Indian, Negro, Mulato, Arab, etc, blood, so he is "pure". I could not find any references to America in what I could read. Maybe he wanted to travel to America and so requested this document?
ITEM ID: 477
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Spanish Document on Mixed-Race Peoples

DATE
Year: 1784
Decade: 1780s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)

A completely hand written document in Spanish, probably dating from around the late 1700s (Dated April 21st, 1784). It appears to be mainly concerned with ‘Juan Francisco De ynda y San-martin’, but mentions ‘Negros,’ ‘America,’ ‘Interrogation,’ ‘Emancipation,’ ‘King of Spain,’ ‘Mulatos,’ ‘Petition,’ ‘Freedom,’ ‘Blood,’ plus several Spanish names. Ynformacion de Filiacion de Sangre y de livertad de Juan Francisco de Ynda y San-martin soltero natural del Lugar de Urdaniz en el Reyno de Navarra