Large oblong folio, 663 x 687 mm. (261/8 x 271/8 in.), ENGROSSED ON PARCHMENT, top edge scalloped as usual, opening text ("This Indenture") finely engraved in a copperplate hand with scolling flourishes, the "T" incorporating the Royal coat-of-arms, text written in an upright court hand, accomplished in a different italic hand, boldly signed by the Proprietor of Pennsylvania on the flap at bottom, slight soiling, minor abrasion and a few small holes to parchment. A VERY EARLY SALE OF LAND IN THE NEW PROVINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA, dated a little over a year after Penn received his official grant of lands in the New World by Charter from King Charles II, allowing him to launch what he called his "holy experiment," a colony "governed in accordance with the highest Christian ethic." In this, the largest form of grant used by Penn to sell or lease land, "William Penn of Worminghast" certifies that he has granted to Christopher Howard of Somerset 500 acres within his proprietorship, "bounded on the East by Delaware River"; said tract of land Penn has developed into "a Province...by the name of Pennsylvania in order to the Establishing of a Colony and Plantations in the same..." Howard is assessed an annual quitrent for the tract. " /> PENN, William (1644-1718), <I>Founder of Pennsylvania</I>. Document signed "WmPenn," with flourish), n.p. [England], 27 July 1681. <I>Large oblong folio, 663 x 687 mm. (261/8 x 271/8 in.)</I>, ENGROSSED ON PARCHMENT, top edge scalloped as usual, opening text ("This Indenture") finely engraved in a copperplate hand with scolling flourishes, the "T" incorporating the Royal coat-of-arms, text written in an upright court hand, accomplished in a different italic hand, boldly signed by the Proprietor of Pennsylvania on the flap at bottom, <I>slight soiling, minor abrasion and a few small holes to parchment</I>. A VERY EARLY SALE OF LAND IN THE NEW PROVINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA, dated a little over a year after Penn received his official grant of lands in the New World by Charter from King Charles II, allowing him to launch what he called his "holy experiment," a colony "governed in accordance with the highest Christian ethic." In this, the largest form of grant used by Penn to sell or lease land, "William Penn of Worminghast" certifies that he has granted to Christopher Howard of Somerset 500 acres within his proprietorship, "bounded on the East by Delaware River"; said tract of land Penn has developed into "a Province...by the name of Pennsylvania in order to the Establishing of a Colony and Plantations in the same..." Howard is assessed an annual quitrent for the tract. | Christie's