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1 CAPTAIN DE LA CONTARDIERE 1694 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER OUTLINING THE MALADIES OF THE ARMY OF KING LOUIS XIV FROM THE SOON TO BE FAMOUS HERO OF THE SIEGE OF ENTREVAUX
ENTREVAUX FRANCE 1694 Very Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a superb manuscript letter dated 29th of September Entrevaux handwritten by the noted Captain de la Contardiere interesting letter on a variety of military subjects: the King's ordnances being stolen, a Council of War, a large number of maladies besetting the King's army, issues with a particular Lieutenant Colonel in the Regiment etc. De la Contardiere is famous for his defense of Entrevaux in 1704. The historical background is fascinating: King Louis XIV of France having accepted the throne of Spain for his grandson, Philippe of Anjou, found himself in war against Austria, England, Holland and the Duchy of Savoy. These events are known as "The War of the Spanish Succession: 1701 to 1713". The army of the Duke of Savoy, Victor-Amedee was mobilized to invade Provence. The garrisons of the forts of Entraunes and Rabbets, in its possession, were reinforced. The English fleet under Admiral Rook blocked Antibes, preventing with the French reinforcements of the Le chevalier de Damas from returning to Entrevaux with artillery. Le chevalier de Blaignac with 1,500 Savoyard troops and two fauconneaux [small field guns] went up the valley of Estéron and placed his seige at Entrevaux, which was defended by a valorous soldier, the Captain de la Contardiere, a friend of Vauban [the great expert on fortifications]. The new fortifications, which were not completely finished, were to stand the test of fire on June 7, 1704. The artillery of the fortress was not yet in place. The bourgeois garrison and militia had ten arquebuses with hooks, in addition to the individual armament. The enemy army occupied the plateauxs of Pigière and Closes dominating Entrevaux. They did not have siege cannons, as they were too heavy to be transferred onto the bad mountain lanes. On June 14, after one week of siege, to relieve the pressure, de la Contardiere decided to carry out a night attack, which was a total success. A breach was opened in the palisade surrounding the Savoyard camp. The impetuous attack of the Entrevalais causes a rout of the enemies, who, although superior of number, flew towards Seds. 8.5" x 7", overall VG. 
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2 CURE FRANCOISE ADAM et al 1656 ANCIENT HAND WRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT WITH FIVE (5) BOLD SIGNATURES MOST NOTABLY THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH OF MAGNY
NEVERS FRANCE 1656 Manuscript Very Good French 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Autograph
On offer is an original handwritten ancient document signed by five individuals most notably Monsieur le curé François Adam, curé de l'église de Magny", or "Mr François Adam, pastor of the church of Magny'. The document concerns among other things, the payment of a number of Masses to be said and specifies Nevers and Roux. VG. 
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3 DELONGCHAMPS et al 1681 HANDWRITTEN MULTIPLE AUTOGRAPH DETAILED FINANCIAL DOCUMENT SUPERB ILLUSTRATED 'PETIT PAPIER' REVENUE STAMP
France 1681 Manuscript Good 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Autograph
Dated January 3rd, 1681, ancient document with a number of signatures though Delongchamps is the only dechiperable, relating to the revenues of the Generalite d'Alecon. Very fine illustrated revenue. Slightly fragile and some chips and small tears 
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4 In the Name of KING CHARLES II 1681 LAND GRANT TO NOTED SCOTTISH JURIST, AUTHOR AND PROMINENT POLITICAL SCOTSMAN JAMES DALRYMPLE, 1st VISCOUNT OF STAIR
EDINBURGH SCOTLAND 1681 Unbound Very Good Latin Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall 
On offer is an excellent skin charter being a land grant from Charles II to well-noted jurist James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount of Stair, Scotland with mentions the Dukes of Rothes and Lauderdale, who were also prominent Scotsmen. Dalrymple was famed not only for his legal judgments but also he was a prominent character in Scotland's history having been involved in the negotiations between Charles and the Scottish Parliament. This grant was given at Edinburgh on the 10th of December 1680, absent of seals. There is another note on the back of the parchment to say that the charter was written at Edinburgh on the second of March 1681, suggesting the deal was struck in December but that the charter was not actually drawn up until the next March. Historically the Charters falls squarely between the Restoration period and when he was prominent until his sympathy with the Covenanters at the time of the Scottish Test Act caused him to lose (1681) his appointment as judge. The note giving March as the date for the writing of the charter appears to be in the same hand as the charter itself. Dalyrymple was a fascinating Scotsman who found himself on one side or the other of the Scottish-English political scene but was well considered. Sir Walter Scott observe that the Viscount of Stair was fortunate in his descendants. "The family of Dalrymple, produced within two centuries as many men of talent, civil and military, of literary, political and professional eminence, as any house in Scotland." Folded to a small 12mo. Save for some general soiling this ancient document is VG. 
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5 THREE MEMBER JUDICIAL COUNCIL 1603 HANDWRITTEN LEGAL JUDGEMENT AFTER 26 YEARS OF PROCEEDINGS: POSSIBLE ESTABLISHMENT OF NOBLE LINE AND ESTATE
Paris, France 1603 Manuscript Good Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is an ancient, very interesting, medieval French document that ends a 26 year long legal battle. Deliberated in Paris in 1603 the document ends with three affixed signatures of the members of a council formed in June of 1577. The document states the problems between various individuals and the resultant end with the status of revenues and properties. This document is written in middle-French that lists names of various noble families. Much is left unsaid but given the use of the language and mention of nobility this may possibility be an establishment of estates or other revenues. Certainly an ancient work worthy of further research. 
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6 UNIDENTIFIED 1665 ANCIENT HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT REGARDING ANDORRA
EUROPE ANDORRA [ANDORRE] 1665 Very Good+ Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Autograph
On offer is a superb, ancient handwritten document with beautiful calligraphy. Casual reading finds reference to the ancient principality of Andorra but given the incredible history of Andorra this document requires further research. Three signatures include Brousse, the other two illegible. The document has a few slight faults along the old fold lines and a few words have been crossed out. Overall G. 
Price: 1245.99 USD
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7 UNIDENTIFIED 1677-1678 TREASURE OF CALLIGRAPHIC ARTS AND PERHAPS A BLUDGEON OF LEGAL MALFEASANCE AND EXTORTION
East Langton Market Harborough Leicestershire UK 1678 Fine Latin Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is a superb 17th century relic of to historians and collectors of legal matters, jurisprudence and 'lawyering' being a nine [9] page handwritten manuscript document from the reign of Charles II, circa 1677-1678. This fine paper document is an agreement settling a lawsuit. Stunning calligraphy in Latin over 9 folio-sized pages details the large number of people involved in the suit. The plaintiffs, Mary Phesaunt and John Bordman, have brought the case against a large number of defendants and that the defendants are to recognize certain specified pieces of land as belonging to the plaintiffs in perpetuity, and the agreement serves as proof or receipt that the plaintiffs paid 100 pounds sterling to the defendants for the land. This stunning manuscript may or may not have been a ficitious lawsuit as was quite common in the era. Given the lack of honorifics these were 'regular' folks appear to be using a legal bludgeon for profit. Lovers of bindery arts will find the 'file binding', being a little strip of parchment that is wound through the holes of the paper to hold the sheets together of interest but given the fact that the document is circa mid half of the 17th century the unique watermarks place the paper from Auvergne, France circa 1580-1590! Legal malfeasance via predatory lawsuits was not uncommon in the era and this appears to be a superb example in very fine condition. Written in superb medieval calligraphy one can make out East Langton, a small village in the Langtons near Market Harborough Leicestershire. This manuscript has been folded in half and a shallow fold in the quarters. F. 
Price: 1255.99 USD
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1685 ORIGINAL ANCIENT ENGLISH ROYAL WARRANT HANDWRITTEN A MERE FOUR DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF CHARLES II AND IN THE NAME OF THE NEW KING JAMES II GIFTS AND LARGESSE ARE SHOWERED ON HIS FAMILY AND RETAINERS, UNIDENTIFIED.
8 UNIDENTIFIED. 1685 ORIGINAL ANCIENT ENGLISH ROYAL WARRANT HANDWRITTEN A MERE FOUR DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF CHARLES II AND IN THE NAME OF THE NEW KING JAMES II GIFTS AND LARGESSE ARE SHOWERED ON HIS FAMILY AND RETAINERS
England 1685 Fair Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is an original, fascinating though flawed historically significant ancient 1685 manuscript. Dated and signed February 10th 1685 handwritten a mere four days after the death of Charles II, referencing the new king James II two months prior to his coronation at Westminster Abbey by and for the British Royal Postal Service being a Royal warrant and division of financial profits of the British post office to Prince George among other notables. The 44 page document begins: "Our Will And Pleasure Is That You Prepare A Bill For Our Royall Signature To Pass Our Great Seale Of England in the words or to the effect following, James the Second and to all to whom these presents shall come Greetings. Whereas in pursuance of and according to a …. Covenant and agreement I will part …in accordance articles relating to the marriage and solemnized between our dearly beloved son in law Prince George hereditary of Denmark and our dearly beloved daughter Anne Princess of Denmark his wife for the selling of the yearly…of 5,000 pounds of lawful English money out of the …and profit of the post office or general letter office of office of the post general and the yearly sum of 5,000 pounds more of like money part of the 24,000 pounds…to pay….." Historians and researchers will agree this document superbly outlines the wheels of governance and greed, patronage and politics will out as the new king doles out to his own and immediately showers those he favors with wealth. While the document has suffered in its 400+ years having signs of old water damage, chipping around the edges and someone's attempt at a repair with tape many, many years ago the significance of the manuscript is divine given the year was monumentally important in British history: the death of Charles II; his brother, Roman Catholic James Stuart, Duke of York, becomes King James II and his Coronation at Westminster Abbey; the Monmouth Rebellion; The Battle of Sedgemoor; the death of Monmouth and Elizabeth Gaunt who was burned at the stake at Tyburn for alleged complicity in the Rye House Plot and notably she is the last woman executed for political treason in England and much more. The last page with signatures is one of the more damaged and the top half in better shape but sadly the signatures are not legible as there is a one inch diameter fault likely from a seal. Overall Fair. 
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