[Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi], Archbishop of Paris, memoirist.] Autograph Note Signed, in French, to unnamed recipient, recommending the 'Sr de filene'.

Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi] (1613-1679), Archbishop of Paris, memoirist, agitator in the Fronde [Louis XIII; Louis XIV]
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'A Commercy le 5 Decembre 1668'.

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub of mount adhering to one edge and several neat fold lines. The six lines of the document are pressed up at the top of one page, and the hand is difficult to modern eyes. It appears to read: 'Je vous recommande de tout mon coeur les interets du Sr de filene et reprends [?] cette occasion de vous assurer de la passion que [?] de vous servir.' The handwriting accords with other examples, and the words of the signature are not entirely clear, appearing to read: 'J [F?] Cardinal de Rets. [sic]'

[Printed parliamentary paper.] Correspondence respecting Monseignor Ruffo Scilla's Mission. Presented to the House of Commons by Command of Her Majesty, in pursuance of their Address dated August 11, 1890.

[Cardinal Fulco Luigi Ruffo-Scilla; Cardinal Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro, Secretary of State of Pope Leo XIII; Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, Marquess of Salisbury; Cardinal Howard; Queen Victoria]
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London: Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office by Harrision and Sons, St. Martin's Lane, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty. 1890.

6pp., folio. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged high-acidity paper, with a few short closed tears to edges. Title leaf (with 'Price 1d.') carrying 'Table of Contents' on reverse; followed by three pages of transcripts of letters (paginated 1-3); with the reverse of the final leaf carrying the details of the pamphlet for display on its being folded into a packet. The correspondence relates to the Mission of Cardinal Rampolla, travelling from the Vatican to England to present the Pope's congratulations on the fiftieth anniversary of Queen Victoria's accession to the throne.

Souvenir of the Visit of the King of Spain to England', printed as napkin or handkerchief on tissue paper, illustrated, and with coloured border.

Burgess, William & Co., London printers [King Alfonso XIII of Spain; King Edward VII of the United Kingdom; typography; typographical]
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[1905] 'Burgess William & Co., Printers, 12, Mansell Street, Aldgate, London City.'

An unusual, scarce and frail survival. Printed on one side of a piece of tissue paper, roughly 35 cm square. Surprisingly well preserved: heavily creased, with some wear to extremities, one small hole (not affecting text or image) and one closed tear of approximately 4 cm to coloured border.

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