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Martínez Calderón, Epitome de las historias de la gran casa de Guzman, manuscript dated 1638, 2 volumes

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Property from the Collection of Carlos Alberto Cruz

Martínez Calderón, Epitome de las historias de la gran casa de Guzman, manuscript dated 1638, 2 volumes

Martínez Calderón, Epitome de las historias de la gran casa de Guzman, manuscript dated 1638, 2 volumes

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

11,340

GBP

Property from the Collection of Carlos Alberto Cruz

Martínez Calderón, Juan Alonso


Epitome de las historias de la gran casa de Guzman y de las progenies reales que la procrean... [Madrid], 1638


2 volumes, folio (410 x 280mm.), manuscript on paper in several different hands, approximately 620 leaves, with an historiated title-page, ink portrait of the author, numerous ink portraits and elaborate diagrams of family trees (some double-page), contemporary calf gilt, in conservation boxes, slight worming, occasional show-through of ink, a few leaves becoming detached, bindings worn


This monumental manuscript account of the house of Guzmán, commissioned by Don Gaspar de Guzmán, Count Duke of Olivares (1587-1645), the favourite of Philip IV, and written by the notary and professor of law Martínez Calderón, whose portrait appears at the start of the work, stretches from "Neomeno (Nominoe?) king of Brittany" to the Count Duke, both of whom appear on the decorative title-page. The Bolognese scholar Virgilio Malvezzi was invited to Madrid by Olivares to be historiador oficial at court and as the author of another flattering portrait of Olivares (Ritratto del privato politico christiano, 1635), it is quite likely that he played a significant part in the creation of this manuscript. It is certainly testimony to Olivares' desire for self-glorification and provides our main source for information about his early life.


Another manuscript copy of this text is in the Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, MS 2256 (in three volumes, digitised), seemingly written by the same scribes and with the same historiated title-page (also dated 1638), but plausibly a working copy whereas the present manuscript appears to be a fair copy. Although never published, the presence of a privilege (dated 1640) in the Madrid copy indicates that it was destined for publication. By 1640 Olivares was close to his fall from grace and he died in 1645.


LITERATURE:

Mark P. McDonald, "A genealogy for the Count Duke of Olivares", Print Quarterly 23 (2006), 359-382, including many illustrations and providing an appendix with a detailed description of the contents and differences between this manuscript and the Madrid one


PROVENANCE:

Duque de Cadaval, ink stamp and inscription (the first duque de Cadaval was Nuño Alvares Pereira de Melo, 1638-1725)

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