lot # 1235 - europe Portugal
1648 (Oct. 17): Joao IV King of Portugal (1604-1656), King's letter written in Alcantara (Lisbon) and signed 'Rey', entire lettersheet with waver wax seal addressed to A. Ruy Governador das Armas da Provincia de Trallosmontes (Tras-os-Montes 'behind the mountains') located in the northeastern corner of the country. Transcription of complete portuguese text attached. A fine, historical document. John the Restorer, so his nickname, whose reign lasting from 1640 until his death, led to the Portuguese "restoration" of independence from Spanish rule and established the house of Braganza on the Portuguese throne.
Catalogue 257: EUROPE & OVERSEAS