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Substantial collection of letters to the banker Frederick Huth, from his agents in Spain.
1418. 1814-1850. Spanish banking correspondence 83 manuscript letters, generally octavo, many with wax seals, postal stamps, and signatures. Letters in protective plastic archival sleeves, all housed in a grey card archival box. Occasional browning and soiling as expected, one letter with tape repair and a few others with chips including loss to writing, but overall in very good, well-preserved condition. An extensive collection of letters sent to the founder and proprietor of the Frederick Huth & Co banking house, Frederick Huth (1777-1864), from his Spanish agents. Huth was born in Germany to an ordinary soldier, worked for a Spanish merchant in Hamburg, and established a business in Corunna, Spain. In 1809 he fled to England following the invasion of Spain by France, and established the Huth banking house. By 1829 Huth was acting as banker to the Spanish Queen Maria Christina and financial advisor to the Spanish government, and was rewarded with a knighthood from the Spanish crown. By the end of the 1840s his reputation in the City of London was immense, and in reputation his house stood comparable to those of Barings' and Rothschilds'. The firm was eventually wound up in 1936, absorbed into the British Overseas Bank Limited, which was later merged into the Royal Bank of Scotland. The letters - all in Spanish, save for two in English, and two bills of lading in French - were written by company agents in Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago, Cadiz, A Coruña, Málaga, and Valencia. The letters detail the importing of colonial commodities, mainly from Cuba and the West Indies - Havana … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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