Dysart Memorial Collection of Rare Books and Manuscripts - Item 8
Philip II, King of Spain. [Carta executoria de Gaspar de Gauna, Valladolid, 1569]
A Spanish illuminated manuscript on vellum, written in Gothic hand, with many capitals in gold on grounds of blue or red. The headings of clauses are in letters of gold on grounds of crimson. The opening page is elaborately illuminated. The large initial D on a blue ground is a miniature of Don Gaspar, his wife, and child, praying. Above in a cloud the Virgin and Child appear and in the lower margin the de Gauna arms. It has modern black morocco binding.
The text is a letter from King Philip II of Spain confirming the nobility of Don Gaspar de Gauna following litigation which was decided in his favor. It is dated at Valladolid, October 20, 1569. The last part is a separate document, dated October 30, 1569 in Esquivias (Toledo). This town was the birthplace of Cataline de Salazar, wife of Cervantes, and it is interesting that the names of some of her relatives appear as witnesses on the document. She would have been five years of age at the time. Her marriage to Cervantes took place in 1584.