[CARTA EXECUTORIA.] -- [PHILIP V, King of Spain (1683-1746)]. Despacho de la Grandeza de Primera Clase, que El Rey, Nuestro Senor D. Phelipe V...al exelissimo Senor Don Juan Phelipe, Cavallero de Orleans... ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM signed ("Yo El Rey"), in secretarial hand by the King's secretary Francisco de Castelon, Madrid, 12 March 1723.
298 x 207 mm. 10 leaves (one blank), THREE FULL-PAGE ILLUMINATIONS, including the grantee's arms, portrait medaillions of the grantee's family, full-page miniature of St. Philip, two title leaves and 7 pages of text all with different elaborate ROCOCO BORDERS of putti, swags, vases, urns, groteque beasts, floral and other designs in red, green, yellow, blue and white, ON GOLD GROUND, 17 lines written in black ink, names, headlines and 5 initials in gold. Contemporary red velvet (lacks ties, light rubbing to spine ends and edges).
THE HIGHEST RANK OF SPANISH NOBILITY, AWARDED TO THE KING'S NEPHEW, JUAN PHELIPE, CAVALLERO DE ORLEANS. Philip V was the first of the Bourbon dynasty to rule in Spain. Here he makes his nephew one of the Grandeza de Espana, primera clase. Only some 400 such titles were ever awarded.