November 16, 2018 09:00 AM EST Asheville, North Carolina


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A Fine Ferdinand II Document

Patent of Nobility for "Joannis Christophori Coller", circa 1619, signed under fold left "Ferdinandus", Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia, Hungary Croatia et al. (1578-1637) and counter signed by three other officials, hand-calligraphed and illuminated vellum sheet, royal seal embedded in beeswax attached with cord and drawn through a bottom fold, 19-1/4 x 28-1/2 in. (unfolds to 23 in. vertically)

Note: Ferdinand II (1578-1637) was born in Graz, Styria which is now in Austria. He held rule as the Holy Roman emperor from 1619 to his death in Vienna in 1637, the archduke of Austria, king of Bohemia in 1617–19 and 1620–27, and the king of Hungary 1618–25. He was the leading champion of the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation and of absolutist rule during the Thirty Years’ War. This document confers title to Johann Christoph Coller ("Joannis Christophori Coller" and "Joannem Christophorum Coller" within the document). The royal crest is flanked by Christ and the Virgin within an architectural perspective.

Provenance:From the Collection of Daniel Bibb, Atlanta, Georgia

Condition:

vertical and horizontal folds with some small related splits, verso with grime, staining from wax seal, cracks and losses to seal commensurate with age

Estimate: $600 - $900
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,800
11/16/2018

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