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Lewis E 241 Carta executoria


Carta executoria



Call number

Lewis E 241
(Philadelphia, United States, Free Library of Philadelphia, John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts)


Free Library of Philadelphia


Castilian, Spanish


Valladolid, Spain


This manuscript is a carta executoria issued under the authority of Charles I of Spain in favor of Mari Lopez de Colmenares of the town of Carrión in northern Spain, wife of the late Pedro de Matienzo (spelled Matienco in the manuscript), in response to a pleito de hidalguia (litigation to establish noble status), probably on behalf of her son who was not yet of age, issued in Valladolid on 7 September 1552. The text is followed by signatures (fol. 28r) and a copy of a shorter document in humanistic cursive referring to Mari Lopez de Colmenares, Pedro de Matienzo, their son Garcia de Matienzo, and the carta executoria, dated 17 June 1553 and signed by a notary (fol. 28v). The volume concludes with full-page miniatures of Jesus with the Agnus Dei (fol. 29r), the Virgin Mary in prayer (fol. 29v), and a double portrait of a married couple (fol. 30r).



30; 330 x 225 mm bound to 345 x 255 mm


Modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto, on one leaf (fol. 2r).


1 (30)




Red velvet, with coat-of-arms embroidered in heraldic colors on covers, silk edge and underlying velvet on edge of covers mostly worn away and damaged, not attached to manuscript; manuscript leaves tied with original multicolored cord typical of a carta executoria


  • Written in one column of forty lines; ruled in ink; written area: 225 x 140 mm
  • Decoration

    Three full-page miniatures, of Jesus with the Agnus Dei (fol. 29r), the Virgin Mary in prayer (fol. 29v), and a double portrait of a married couple (fol. 30r); large illuminated initial with family coat of arms matching those embroidered on the covers (fol. 1v); broad borders throughout in floral and other designs, including birds, insects, and elements of the family coat of arms (wolves, cauldrons, pennants, decapitated head (Moor's head?)), mostly on gold ground, possibly added later as they crudely avoid notarial marks at the bottom of each page and occasional initials on the top line extending into the upper margin; the borders without gold ground may be the earlier style of decoration (for example, fol. 14v, fols. 18v-19r); several section headings in square capitals in gold on purple ground


  • Gothic--rotunda (Spanish)
  • Provenance





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    Decoration: Large illuminated initial D, Coat of arms

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    fol. 6v
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    fol. 23v
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    fol. 24r
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    fol. 24v
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    fol. 25v
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    fol. 26r
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    fol. 26v
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    fol. 27v
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    fol. 28r
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    fol. 28v
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    Decoration: Full page miniature, Christ and Agnus Dei

    fol. 29v
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    Decoration: Full page miniature, Virgin

    fol. 30r
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    Decoration: Full page miniature, Portrait of married couple

    fol. 30v
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    Inside back cover
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    Back cover
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    Fore edge
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    Decorative cord
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