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Item 224 - Queen Elizabeth I Catalog 495 (Mar 2017)

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Rare partly-printed DS, signed “Elizabeth R,” one page, 12 x 8, June 1, 1574. Document issued to "our right trusty and right wellbeloved chancellor Will'm Baron of Burleigh our high Treasurer of Englande and to…Walter Myldmay knight Chancellor of our Exchequer and Sir Ralph Sadler knight chancellor of our Duchy of Lancaster," in part: "Letting you to understand that as well as in consideration of the long and faithful service unto us and our parents by our wellbeloved subject Richard Bunney of Seymour heretofore done as for other good causes and considerations us thereunto especially moving, we are pleased and contented to grant him a lease in Severton for the term of xxxi years without fine of so many of out manors, lands, tenants, and hereditaments as he shall find out (within the survey either of our court of exchequer or duchy of Lancaster) as shall amount to the clear yearly value of twenty-six pounds." Crisply signed at the head by Queen Elizabeth. Retains portions of the wafer seal. In very good to fine condition, with light overall soiling, expert restoration to the upper left corner, and part of the seal missing; Elizabeth's beautifully ornate signature is clear and bold. Accompanied by a handsome custom-made presentation folder. One of the most legendary leaders in world history, Queen Elizabeth oversaw the transformation of England into a modern world power. Her autograph is among the most sought-after of all European royalty, and this is a magnificent example of Elizabeth's famed and flourished signature. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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