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#202 - Maximilian

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Member of Austria's Habsburg-Lorraine family (1832–1867) who became emperor of Mexico in 1864, serving until his death three years later. LS in Italian, signed “A. D. Massimiliano,” one page, 8.25 x 10.5, December 30, 1858. In part (translated): “Although I have decided to favor the expansion of the Institutes and scientific and artistic collections, it is my desire to know beforehand all of the improvements of which the above-mentioned institutions could in any case be capable, the ways in which they could be effected, and particularly which opinion would merit being sought as regards practical utility and precautions. Thus, I beseech you to let me know with all possible dispatch which considerations and proposals you regard as opportune for realizing this intention in regard to the institutions in general or one particular class of same.” Intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), a separation at the bottom edge, and slight show-through from adhesive remnants to reverse, otherwise fine condition; overall an attractive, boldly accomplished and signed piece. During this period Maximilian was serving as viceroy of the Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia before being dismissed in 1859 by his brother, Emperor Franz Joseph, who was angered over the liberal policies he was pursuing in Italy. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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