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Buenos Aires 1797. Illuminated Viceregal Fiscal Manuscript documenting the tax revenues of early settlers with their cattle brands.
Estado de los contratos del R[eal] D[e]r[ech]o de Alcavala para su Magestad, en los pueblos y campaña de la jurisdiccion de la Capital de Buenos Ayres. [and:] Pulperos ajustados en los pueblos de dicha campaña convenidos a contribuir a Su Magestad el Real D[e]r[ech]o de Alcavala para el presente año de 1797.
[Buenos Aires, 1797]. Manuscript on paper written in 3 different coloured inks. Small folio. 1 blank leaf + [22]p + 2 blank leaves + [12]p. With 2 illuminated calligraphic title-pages, first title with arms of Buenos Aires in tailend section, a variety of exquisite floral and animal ornamentation on titles and in 21 headings, including 6 charming landscape vignettes, decorative initials. Text ruled in 9 columns, one of which represents cattle-brand marks; line borders in red throughout. Calf folder; slipcase. A colonial manuscript of extraordinary rarity and quality executed in the best tradition of Spanish calligraphy, and in an excellent state of preservation. Comprising detailed government reports on fiscal contributions for the year 1797 from estancias (farms) and pulperias (general store owners) in the districts and villages in the vicinity of Buenos Aires, capital of the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata, in the closing years of the 18th century. The ‘alcavala’ (or 'alcabala') of the title was a Spanish sales tax applicable to all property contracts. Each of the two reports is signed by the government official Don Vicente Benito Cretel and dated respectively 17th March and 30th April 1797. Cretel is not included in any of the Argentine biographical dictionaries, though he features in a list of 23 patriotic citizens who were granted the title‘ciudadanos americanos de la Provincias Unidad’ for donations towards armaments in the cause of liberty (Gazeta Ministerial del Gobierno de Buenos Ayres, No 10, 12 de Agosto de 1812, p40). Notable throughout is the high quality of the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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