MastroNet August 2005
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The name "Casanova" has long held its negative connotation and application to men who are, for lack of a better term, "love 'em and leave 'em" type of guys. In a nutshell, that was the persona of the moniker's namesake, Giacomo Casanova. Born in 1725 in Venice, Italy, Casanova was an adventurer, author, gambler, and spy. Known as a remarkably intelligent man, he spent most of his life traveling through Europe meeting some of the most famous men and women of the 18th Century. He also spent most of his days (and nights) seducing the majority of those women, then writing about his conquests in his twelve-volume autobiography (which also provided insight into the manners and morals of the day). Presented is an extremely desirable and difficult-to-find land grant, written in another's hand and signed "G. Casanova" ("9") in 1796, two years prior to his death. The impressive document is written in German, with the dark fountain pen signature resting along one of the fold lines, causing a slight disruption in the ink flow. The untranslated document measures 18-1/4" x 15" (unfolded) with standard fold lines, minor toning, and light wear and soiling, primarily along the periphery. There is an approximately 3" paper separation along the fold line in the center of the page, not affecting any of the penmanship. Docketing on the reverse is visible from the front but does not affect the presentation. The spectacular land grant also contains three wax seals. Presenting at the overall EX level, this exceedingly rare offering would make a charming addition to any autograph collection. LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
Exceedingly Rare 1796 German Land Grant Signed by "Casanova"
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