• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 66

    LÓPEZ DE PALACIOS RUBIOS, Juan (1450-1524). De justitia et jure obtentionis ac retentionis regni Navarrae. [Burgos: Fadrique Biel de Basilea, c.1515-17].

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    LÓPEZ DE PALACIOS RUBIOS, Juan (1450-1524). De justitia et jure obtentionis ac retentionis regni Navarrae. [Burgos: Fadrique Biel de Basilea, c.1515-17].

    2° (191 x 291mm). Large woodcut of King Ferdinand the Catholic, with floral sidepieces on title, woodcut historiated and decorative initials opening each part. (Washed, some paper repairs, title reinforced on verso, last leaf partly restored with loss of a few letters.) Modern vellum, lettered on spine in manuscript. Provenance: some early annotations.

    RARE FIRST EDITION of the official apology for the conquest of Navarre. The Kingdom was invaded in 1512 by Ferdinand the Catholic as part of the second phase of the War of the League of Cambrai. The invasion began in Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country, and continued towards Pamplona. The Navarrese Cortes (Parliament) had to accept annexation to Castile, which agreed to permit Navarrese autonomy and identity. Juan López de Palacios Rubios was most famous for his Requerimiento, a document read to the New World Indians by Conquistadors to recognise the sovereignty of the Spanish monarch. Norton corrected previous identifications of this edition and assigns it to Biel de Basilea at Burgos, active c. 1515-17. No copy has appeared at auction in over 30 years. Palau 141652; BL Spanish, p.53; Haeb. 509; Salva 3721; Norton, Spain, 294.


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