Florence, June 6, 1732. pp. manuscript. Quarto. Modern wrappers. Leaves extracted from a bound volume. Very good. Item #WRCAM35360
A curious manuscript report, written in short and incomplete sentences in Spanish, regarding an incident in Florence and perhaps intended for a reader in Spain. All of the fish in the patio fishpool of the Spanish Infante Don Carlos (later King Charles III of Spain, 1759-1788; Grand Duke of Parma and Piacenza, 1731-1734) died of poison on May 30-31, 1732. Examinations by all the medical authorities, a reward for the discovery of the guilty person, and even the arrest of the gardeners and the fountain tenders of the Infante's palace did not bring any results. The Infante himself became ill with a fever and colic, but regained his health after a few days. A brief yet intriguing document involving the Spanish Crown.