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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 77

    PHILIP II (1527-1598), King of Spain. Letter signed as Infante of Spain ('Yo el principe') to the Count of Aguilar, Valladolid, 24 September 1543, in Spanish, countersigned by Gonçalo Perez, on paper, one page, folio, address panel on verso ('Allo conde de Aguilar supariente'), traces of seal, dispatch slits in left margin. Provenance: Sotheby's New York sale, 23 May 1984, lot 91; the Spiro Family Collection.

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    PHILIP II (1527-1598), King of Spain. Letter signed as Infante of Spain ('Yo el principe') to the Count of Aguilar, Valladolid, 24 September 1543, in Spanish, countersigned by Gonçalo Perez, on paper, one page, folio, address panel on verso ('Allo conde de Aguilar supariente'), traces of seal, dispatch slits in left margin. Provenance: Sotheby's New York sale, 23 May 1984, lot 91; the Spiro Family Collection.

    An early letter, concerning the sixteen-year old prince's marriage to Maria of Portugal. His father the Emperor (Charles V) gave orders that the marriage was to take place after the heat of summer had passed, and he has heard that the princess will arrive in Spain on the 15th of October. They will be married in Salamanca and he asks the count, if his health permits, to be present.

    Philip and Maria were married on 15 November. The Princess died in July 1545, in giving birth to Don Carlos. Philip was to be married three more times, to Mary Tudor, then Elizabeth de Valois, and finally Anne of Austria.


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