Patent of Nobility granted to Juan Sánchez Rendón
Farfan of Seville, Pedro; scribe
other; type of text
16th century, second quarter
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i original paper flyleaf + 48 fols. (fol. 48 lifted pastedown), 350 x 245 mm (265 x 150 mm), 34 long lines, ruled in violet ink, catchwords, leaf signatures.
BINDING: Sixteenth century, vellum wrapper on which columns of figures are still visible, attached on five leather thongs with original sewing.
CONTENTS: fols. 1r-45v Patent of Nobility (Previlegio) granted to Juan Sanchez Rendon by Charles V in 1537; fols. 45v-48r Arms of Rendon with blason and interpretation.
ORNAMENTATION: One full-page miniature of the Rendon arms and crest in a solid frame of red, blue and gold surrounded by flower and spraywork border (fol. 45v); parted red and blue initials [10-11 ll.] on square grounds of intricate penwork in red, blue and purple with partial bar-borders and foliate penwork flourishing for major divisions (fols. 1v, 2r, 7r, 8r, 19v, 29r, 42r, 46r); alternate red and blue initials [3-4 ll.] on square grounds of intricate pen-flourishing, red on purple or blue on red; initials with yellow highlighting and extensions into margins; line-fillers in black and yellow flowers (fols. 19r, 41r), and red, purple and yellow checks (fol. 28r); foliate border in red ink with yellow infill around title rubric (fol. 1r).
Spain, production, region
bequeathed; 1904; McClean, Frank
Rendon family of Seville; Frank McClean (1837-1904) who probably purchased it at Sotheby’s (sale ticket no. 647 on upper cover, pencil note £140 on fol. i recto; James 1912a, 295)
McClean, Frank; previous owner
Rendon family of Seville; previous owner
The scribe identified himself on fol. 1v as Pedro Farfan, escriuano publico de Seuilla. The two witnesses named on fol. 48v are Garcia de Leon and Miguel de Gutierrez, the first classified as escriuano, the second as escriuano de Sevilla. The decoration, limited to depiction of the family’s arms, is typical of cartas ejecutorias produced in the first half of the sixteenth century (Madrid 2000, 47-48).
secundo folio; tremta annos que esta sellado
James, Montague Rhodes, Dr. 1912. A descriptive catalogue of the McClean Collection of Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 295
Robinson, P. R.. 1988. Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 737 - 1600 in Cambridge Libraries.Cambridge (Cambs.):
cat. no. 226, pl. 370
Object Number: MS McClean 150
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 176625; input: 2010-04-30; modified: 2015-12-10)