No. of pages: Vol. I: 6 leaves
Vol. II: 8 leaves
Size: 315 x 215 mm.
Binding: Calf with neoclassical tooled plant motifs.
Tuna fishing in the Mediterranean.
Two handwritten volumes on fine vellum, illuminated with miniatures on the title page and historiated initials. They contain a royal permit and confirmation of same, issued by King Carlos III to Conde de Lalaing in order to allow the establishment of tuna fishing off the coasts of Tortosa and Hospitalet.
Fishing by this means on the mediterranean coast was granted by royal privilege to the Duke of Medina Sidonia from the 12th century up until the end of the 18th century, when Carlos III decided to extend his hand to other nobles within his court.
The first of the manuscripts, dated 1789, is the rights granted for the area of Tortosa, and features the monarch’s royal signature and is decorated with a splendid title page allegory of the monarchy.
The second, dated 1790, is a confirmation of the previous permit which grants the extension of the fishing boundaries to Hospitalet.
It is also signed by the King, who warns of the necessity for such activities in order to foster the development of Spanish fishing grounds, to avoid the economic losses which would be incurred by importing fish from abroad, to increase the consumption of salt, to perfect salting techniques and to provide employment for sailors and fishermen.
Se trata por tanto de dos documentos de gran importancia histórica para las pesquerías de atún y otras especies del mediterráneo.