1633 Spanish patent of nobility for Dona Geronima Nieta


Long and lengthy 26-leaf vellum manuscript giving the title and privileges of "Dona" to Geronima Nieto.

The verso of the first leaf, and recto of the second leaf mention King Phillip the Second, and Princess Joanna of Austria, but above the signature on the recto of the 26th leaf I believe (although it's hard to read) I see the date:

"Mill y seyscienta y treynta y tres ano" - Please see pictures (just above signatures, last line of normal "hand".

The manuscript throughout is in a clean and crisp hand, easy to read. The frames on each leaf do have some flourishes.

The last page is signed by a number of people, I can see that at least one of them was the notary.

There is no wax seal or coat-of-arms associated with this patent; I do not see indications that a leaf was removed (there are thirteen leaves on either side of the middle of the gathering), but a wax seal might have been cut away from the threads.

I did find several 17th century records of a Dona Geronima. The 1655 Votum Decissiuum DD Ildephonsi de Benauides... mentions a Dona Geronima on page 4 (Google scanned book), and there's a family tree record of a Dona Geronima that was married to Juan Rengel Y Arana and was a daughter of Capitan Antonio Nieto. I don't know that either of these were this Dona Geronima.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 30 x 22 x 1 cm. Vellum wrapper (single leaf used to wrap the textblock). 26 leaves of manuscript, in a nice hand, recto and verso except last leaf (only recto); so 51 pages of text. All leaves framed in double ink fillet with some flourishes around the edges.

Condition -

See pictures. Some wear and cockling to vellum. Soiling and thumbing throughout, some leaves cleaner than others. Some small annotations on cover wrap in fore-edge margin in an old hand. Several moisture marks on rear of wrapper (vellum leaf that extends from front to back). Black ink spot at fore-edge of a handful of leaves.

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