Collection ID: 0001 | Metadata type: TEI
LJS 314 East India Company petition :
TitleEast India Company petition :
- East India Company
Other related names
- ʻAbbās II, Shah of Iran, 1633-1668 (recipient)
- Schoenberg, Lawrence J (former owner)
Call numberLJS 314
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4994039
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Request by the Governour and Company of Merchants trading into the East Indies, Persia, &c., to ʻAbbās II, Shah of Iran, for the East India Company's half of the customs duties of the port of Gombroon in the Persian Gulf, later named Bander ʻAbbās, a promised reward to the company for their earlier assistance in driving the Portuguese from the island of Hormuz. Issued in London, 9 Apr. 1660, the petition is written in a cursive script. It is signed by Governor Thomas Andrew and other merchants, but some of the signatures are faded. The first line of the text is in gold display letters, the first letter particularly large on a ground of gold penwork, followed by a second line in green ink. Important words and initials are in green ink throughout. The petition has a three-quarters border in gold leaf with the coat of arms of the East India Company Merchants at the top and 4 rondels containing illuminations of sailing ships. The item is backed with newer vellum, which has a window so that an inscription in green ink on the verso is still visible: To the high & mightie monarch SHAW ABBAS, Emperour of Persia, Media, Armenia, & other great & populous countries and dominions.
Extent1 item (1 l leaf) : 570 x 478 mm
- Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 15 Jul. 1999, lot 31, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
- Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.
- Manuscripts, English--17th century
- Manuscripts, European