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Lot# 4848 - Auction 218-221

  • Lot# : 4848 Austria

    1739 (Feb 4): Military entire from a Captain at 'Fort Delgeradt' carried by Military Courrier to Vienna and thence by post to Wetzlar with manuscript 'De Vienne' in red crayon, with fascinating contents: "many have succumbed...what with the Plague and a fatal War we know have a fearful Earthquake which has destroyed two casements and split the wall so badly that all hands must be set to repairing it in time for the Enemy whose progress is reported daily...God Almighty heed us in this accursed land...". Disinfected at Semlin with two red wax seals on reverse showing the cypher 'CI' of Charles VI (Carolus Imperator). A marvellous and extraordinary entire.rnrnNote: Austrian Troops occupied Belgrade from 1718 until 1739. The Ottoman Turkish forces occupied Belgrade some three weeks after this letter was written.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 850 CHF