King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizing of the crown on August 22, 1485, until his death on April 21, 1509, and the first monarch of the House of Tudor. Rare manuscript DS in Old English, one page both sides, 11 x 16.5, no date. A boldly penned official document, seemingly accounting for lands confiscated by the crown to pay a debt. Professionally inlaid into a slightly larger sheet. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, subtle foxing, and unobtrusive staining to edges. Henry VII was known for his excessive use of penal bonds to enforce what he considered acceptable behavior from his subjects; if someone misbehaved, rather than follow the due process of law, Henry simply sued for debt on his bond, collecting from £100 to £10,000 and confiscating land when the subject could not pay. A fantastic document from this controversial king, and the first Henry VII we have offered. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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