Lot #496
Maria Theresa

Tremendous collection of 100 letters from Marie Antoinette’s mother
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Tremendous collection of 100 letters from Marie Antoinette’s mother

Holy Roman Empress and Queen of Bohemia (1717–1780) who was the mother of Marie Antoinette. Impressive collection of 100 LSs (97 of which are untranslated) in German, most one page, 7.5 x 9, dated between 1762 and 1780. Official correspondence written to Ludwig Count Zinzendorf and his brother Charles, concerning various administrative matters. The translated letters read as follows:

June 26, 1762—"As the guidelines specify that the Chamber of Accounts shall not request reports from the managing departments in administrational matters, but rather shall apply to the administrating post in all those cases in which they require further information, they will therefore from now on observe these rules in all cases. Conversely, the Chamber is entitled to obtain all necessary information in accounting matters from the issuers of the said account."

July 31, 1762—"So as to avoid all too extensive writing, I will henceforth disclose My decisions only to that bureau that submitted the report in question; this bureau shall then be obliged to communicate both the report and my decision to all other court offices that may be involved in the matter.”

August 10, 1762—"Regarding the attached report of M. Clary I desire an evaluation, as well as that the current sum total of pensions invested in the Hunt fund, which is set at 5,686 guilders, be produced for inspection.”

In overall fine condition. A fantastic grouping from the latter half of Maria Theresa’s reign, showing her direct and interested involvement in overseeing the affairs of her government. RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: October 25 - November 13