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Charles V of Sicily - Broadside about a Turkish Shipwreck - 1738

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Charles V of Sicily  - Broadside about a Turkish Shipwreck - 1738

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History, Politics, Travels - Quantity: 1

Object: Single Sheet
Number of Books: 1
Subject: History, Politics, Travels
Author/ Illustrator: Charles V of Sicily
Book Title: Broadside about a Turkish Shipwreck
Condition: Very good
Publication year oldest item: 1738
Edition: 1st Edition
Language: Italian
Publisher: Catania?
Binding/ Material: Loose page

Carolus Borbonius (Dei Gratia) Rex utriusque Siciliae, Hyerusalem, Infans Hyspaniarum, &c… [Catania?, 1738]. Broadside [300 x 217 mm]. Poorly-inked, a handful of words illegible, but otherwise very good. Wove paper with watermark of a large anchor within oval.

Fascinating broadside issued in the name of Charles V of Sicily (later Charles III of Spain) regarding the treatment of a shipwreck and its survivors near Syracuse. The main text states that a letter has been received in Catania from the Senate of Syracuse with news of a ship there out of Izmir (Turkey), which recently rescued 12 sailors (6 Christian, 6 Muslim) from the wreck of another (unnamed) ship out of Turkey, carrying grain. However, the authorities have determined that they should not be allowed to make berth anywhere in the Kingdom due to the risk of disease and infection. If she does make berth due to bad weather, she should be ‘vigilantly guarded’ to ensure that no risk of any disease spreading exists. Furthermore, directions are given for the disposal of any cadavers washed up from the wreck – they are to be placed into a deep pit and then burned with plenty of lime, along with their clothing.

The original letter is dated 23rd January, 1738, while the order is dated the 26th of the same month. At the bottom is a brief digest of the order, addressed to the Senates of Catania, Syracuse, Trapani, and all of the citizens of those cities and maritime territories of the Kingdom of Sicily, with the following directions in Italian:

“Se li previene, che capitando in qualche Spiaggia, o Porto il Bastimento Marsigliano, procedente da Smirne, arrivato nel Porto di Siragosa per il mal tempo, debanno farlo sfrattare dal Regno, e rispetto alla Nave naufraga in Noto, vedendosi comparare robbe capaci d’infezione debbano brugiarla, e se il mare vomitera i Cadaverim sepellirli in profonde soste, buccandoci sopra calci, carcandosi bene la vetra.”

The paper and ink look a little deceptive (as if it was printed later), but upon close inspection this is probably due to a very primitive press; please see close-up photos of the paper, watermark, and type.

* unrecorded in OCLC or ICCU.

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