Letter by Charles IX ordering to pay "318 livres" to Michel Maupeou for the period of two months between his instalment as "receveur general" and his being sworn in. Charles IX was the son of Henri II and Catherine de Medici. He ruled France from the age of ten, up to his early death in 1574. Catherine de Medici still held a firm grip on the affairs of state during her son's reign. Charles IX was responsible for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, when thousands of protestants were killed. As often with letters from this time, a section of the vellum that had nothing written on it was cut out for reuse ( the lower right corner), partly browned. Extremely rare!
This letter comes from the Van Dijck collection (read below). It is one of the few documents that was reproduced photographically in the catalogue, considered one of the top items. I will of course join a photocopy for the buyer. In the next days and weeks I will be offering more manuscripts. I am now selling the kings that have ruled France from the middle ages to the French revolution. (These are the last ones, I have sold a few already, now starting what's left at 1 euro with no reserve. Last chance!)Later on I will offer letters and documents signed by French rulers from 1789 to the 20 th century. I have been a collector for many years but am now selling a part of my French historical and literary documents. A large part of the French documents in my possession came from the collection of Doctor J.J.W.R. Van Dijck. If an item does not come from this collection but was bought by me at an earlier auction, it will be explicitly mentioned in the description . If not, it is from the Van Dijck collection, of which a nice catalogue exists. Dr. Van Dijck was probably the greatest Dutch manuscript collector of the 20 th century. He was one of the greatest collectors in the world -outside of France- of French historical and literary manuscripts. He died in 2005 and his collection -famed mostly for its manuscripts and Elzevier editions- was auctioned off by the most renowned auction house for books and prints in the Netherlands . These manuscripts have gone trough the hands of several specialists: different auction houses, Dr. Van Dijck of course, and myself. Time and again their authenticity has been established. These are authentic original documents from hundreds of years ago. I am tfore offering a full money back guarantee : the buyer can contact me within two weeks of reception of the item, should t be even the smallest problem. Please have a look at my other documents, not all of them are in the eBay gallery! Very low prices, even more so for those in the Euro zone. Payment is expected immediately after the auction and must be in my account within a week. No credit possible. Shipping only by insured, registered mail: 16 dollars worldwide. I can answer your questions in Dutch, English, French or German.
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