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Bruce and Dorothy Brown collection

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  • ca. 2000 B.C.-1970

The collection consists of ancient documents, including a cuneiform tablet and an Egyptian hieroglyph; Medieval and Renaissance documents from England, France, Spain and Italy, 1243-1599, including deeds, charters, illuminated manuscript leaves, letter, letters patent, papal bulls, fragments from religious manuscripts, manuscripts on medicine and magic, a catalogue of English armorial shields, statutes of the Garter, and a manuscript of a Spanish Armelite prioress; modern literary and political manuscripts, records, and autographs, including policies of assurance, letters, and World War I and World War II surrender documents; autographs of various world figures; maps of Europe, Asia and North America; medals, decorations, and flags, mostly from Europe.

Map of the World

1 leaf engraved, with original outline and wash colour double hemisphere map consisting of two circles joined at the sides, with two additional smaller circles at the top and bottom centre(between the two larger circles), containing the orbits of the planets -with a border of astrological signs. The remainder of the leaf is illustrated with allegorical scenes. The coastline of North America is not drawn above California, New Zealand coast is deficient, Australian coast is deficient and attached to New Guinea. Visscher/Stupendahl Rotterdam 1663, 1680 or later-corresponds to description of 1663 version in Shirley, 431. Removed from a
Dutch Bible. 12x17.5".

Charles Chaplin (1889-1977)

Pencil self-portrait on an octavo album leaf, signed and dated also in pencil "Sep. 30th 1931". An attractive small sketch (head and shoulders) showing the "little man" with his characteristic bowler and moustache. [Maggs catalogue 991, item 27] Framed, area visible in mat 150x115 mm.

Philip II (1527-98), King of Spain; the Husband of Mary Tudor

Letter (in Spanish) signed "Yo El Rey", to the Marques de Ayamonte, Governor of Milan. 1 page folio [283x207 mm] countersigned by Philip's Secretary of State Antonio Perez, and with address, contemporary endorsements and paper seal on the verso [as well as two modern ink stamps by an Italian dealer]. San Lorenco el Real, xxij de Septiembre MDLXXVij. A few small holes caused by ink corrosion, in clear and legible condition with good signatures. Antonio Perez was for many years Philip's closest counsellor and chief minister. He fell from favour and incurred the king's deadly enmity when he fell in love with Philip's mistress the Princess of Eboli, and was forced to flee abroad. He was given asylum in England, where as 'Don Antonio' he became a well-known figure at court and a close friend of Francis Bacon and the Earl of Essex. His relationship with Queen Elizabeth's Jewish physician Roderigo Lopez is believed to have suggested to Shakespeare the character of Shylock's enemy Antonio in 'The Merchant of Venice.' [Maggs catalogue 988, item 193]

Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England

Privy Council Letter of her reign, addressed to the High Sheriff and Commissioners for the Musters of the County of Norfolk, ordering them to levy a force of 100 men to serve in Ireland because of "the contynuance of the troubles there." 2 pages folio with integral address leaf [336x463 mm, folded once, letter on the two sides of one of the resulting leaves, the address on one side of the other leaf] (seal tear professionally repaired), Richmond, 15 Jan. 1599. Signed by Sir Thomas Egerton, later Lord Ellesmere, Master of the Rolls; Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, the poet, Lord Treasurer; Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham, who had held chief command against the Armada, Lord High Admiral; George Carey, Lord Hunsdon, Elizabeth's cousin, Lord Chamberlain; Roger North, Treasurer of the Queen's Household; William Knollys, Comptroller of the Queen's Household; Robert Cecil, later Earl of Salisbury, Secretary of State; Sir John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Sir John Popham, Lord Chief Justice. [Maggs catalogue 1021, item 65]

Philip II of Spain (1527-98) and Mary Tudor (1516-58)

Royal Letters Patent granting to William Babington, Esquire of the Body, the Lordship and Manor of Broadway in Worcestershire. 1 page large oblong folio on vellum, ca. 19 1/2x30 ins. [495x763 mm], 54 lines in Latin in a good departmental hand. Initial letter is a double portrait of Philip and Mary enthroned as King and Queen of England and Spain, ca. 5 1/2x4 ins., in ink and wash within the initial letter "P" of interlacing strapwork. The calligraphic first line is attractively decorated with large strapwork initial letters, and the upper margin is adorned with heraldic emblems. Richmond, 27 July, 5 and 6 Philip and Mary (i.e.1558). The unusual form of dating derives from the fact that Mary had reigned alone for a year before her marriage to Philip. One light brown stain and a small hole in the blank right margin. A good impression of the great seal of Philip and Mary, with on one side the king and queen enthroned, on the other side on horseback, is attached by the original green and white plaited laces. The seal is complete apart from minor peripheral chips, but is scored by heat from a diagonal repair. [Maggs catalogue 1071, item 180a]

Cecil, William, Lord Burghley (1520-1598), Elizabeth I's Chief Minister

Document signed by William Cecil, Lord Burghley ("W Burghley") , Lord Treasurer of England, and by John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer, "for and behalf of our soveraigne Lady the Queen", a counterpart indenture by which the Queen mortgages the manors of Whitwood in the West Riding of Yorkshire and Finningly Grange in Nottinghamshire to the great navigator Sir Martin Frobisher. 1 page large oblong folio on vellum, in English, c.11 1/2x22 1/2" [i.e. 23 1/4"; 295x590 mm], signed at the foot by Burgley and Fortescue. Fortescue's seal is attached by the original vellum tag; Burghley's seal is lacking although the seal tag is present. [Maggs catalogue]

Wax Seal of Edward VI

[Donor's information] Dark green wax seal (diameter 147mmx10-17mm thickness; 65x15mm portion missing from upper edge with loss of text on both sides) over two vellum tags (250x36mm). Obverse side shows an enthroned figure flanked by two standards held by heraldic lion and unicorn surrounded by Latin text: "[break]DEI GR[ ]TIA MAGNAE BRITANNIA [blank portion] FRANCIAE ET HIBER.REX FIDEI DEFENSO [back at break]." Square hole (2 1/2 mm) in right margin [to test for melting point?] Reverse side shows a knight on a charger flourishing a drawn sword with a greyhound running alongside horse. Coat of arms (undecipherable through wear) in upper left quarter. Text: "[break]FIDEI DEFENSOR MAGNVS BRITANNIAE [illegible portion] HIBERNIAE REX FIDEI [back at break]" Provenance: Antique Shop in Hartingford Bury, U.K.

Cologne Chronicle

An original leaf from "Cronica van der hilliger Stat van Coelle printed in 1499 by Johan Koelhoff in Cologne. Contemporary colouring." [Information from label affixed to mat.] Matted and framed between two sheets of Plexiglas, area visible: ca. 310x213 mm. Upper outside corner torn off (4x8 mm), lower outside corner creased with some flaking of paper. Recto: [p.?] CXX at head, 42 lines text printed in black, many letters embellished with red vertical strokes. 3 Portraits (2 of clerics and 1 of an emperor) printed in black and coloured yellow, blue, green, brown, and red; ca. 50x40mm. Verso: 44 lines text printed in black and embellished as above.

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