Letter from Eleuterio Rusca (also known as Lotterio Rusconi) Count of Val Lugana to Francesco Brizio dated 27 February 1512. (Address on the verso: Nobili Viro Francischo Brizio n(ost)ro dilecto.) Letter begins: Dilecte n(oster) perche manndamo li in rocha quatro fanti volemo che ad ogni richiesta de Zanino de Vigezo li dagati . . .



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One page. Autograph letter written in Italian. Size: 293 x 200mm. (written area: 230 x 155mm.)19 lines. Dated 1512.

Penned in a clear cursive script, the letter bears the autograph signature of Count Rusca (or Rusconi), a noble family first mentioned in 988 A.D. with estates along Lake Maggiore and in the area near Bellinzona. The family whose political influence was to be reckoned with since the start of the 12th century, fought in the Renaissance alongside the Visconti and the Sforza dynasties.

CONTENT: To Francesco Brizio, the captain of the rocca, a castle in Northern Italy on the border with present day Switzerland, four infantrymen were sent with the order to supply food and flour in particular to Zanino de Vigezo. The men were also instructed to sell any surplus and devolve the earnings to Count Rusca while making sure that there was sufficient flour for at least 20 days. In the letter Brizio is also informed that the Duke of Milan appointed Enea Crivelli and Johanne Jacobo Ruscha as ambassadors to Locarno.

The autograph signature of Eleuterius Ruscha is followed by four lines penned in a different hand addressed to "Sir Count" and signed R[...] p(ro)pria manu. The note, dated Stresa, 2 March 1513, is a receipt for a certain quantity of flour received from Messer Francesco.

Written in brown ink; very slight loss of right outer corner later restored; paper trimmed alongside right margin; small punctures in the lower right hand side but otherwise in fine condition. Marginal annotations in two different hands in the upper left-hand side . Original wax residue on verso. String holes still visible on both margins. In large black folder.

Stock Code: 43102

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