Lot #263
King Edward VI

Excessively rare autograph from the 'Boy King,' Edward VI
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Estimate: $20000+

Description

Excessively rare autograph from the 'Boy King,' Edward VI

King of England and Ireland 1547 until his death in 1553, who took the throne at the age of nine: during his reign, the realm was governed by a regency council due to his young age. When he fell sick with a terminal illness at age 15, a succession plan was drawn up to prevent the country's return to Catholicism. Excessively rare partial LS, signed in Latin, “Vester bonus frater consanguineus & amicus, Edward,” one page, 15 x 6.75, March 28, 1552. The concluding lines of an official diplomatic letter addressed to King Christian III of Denmark and Norway, signed at Westminster. Reverse retains the affixed paper seal. In very good to fine condition, with scattered light foxing and soiling, and old repairs on the back of two vertical folds, one of which passes through the signature. Because of his young age and early death, King Edward VI's autograph takes a place among the rarest of all English royalty. This it the first Edward VI document we have ever offered.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #570 - Ended November 06, 2019





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