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    Philip IV of Spain Document Signed "Yo El Rey" as king, one page in Spanish, 8.25" x 12", October 1739, Madrid. Philip IV (1605 - 1665) was King of Spain from 1621 to 1665 and also King of Portugal (as Philip III) until 1640. His reign, after a few years of inconclusive successes, was characterized by political and military decay and adversity. He has been held responsible for the decline of Spain, which was mostly due, however, to causes largely beyond the control of any one ruler. Philip certainly possessed more energy, both mental and physical, than his diffident father. His handwritten translation of Francesco Guicciardini's texts on political history still exists, and he was a fine horseman and keen hunter. His artistic taste is shown by his patronage of his court painter Diego Velázquez; his love of letters by his favoring Lope de Vega, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and other dramatists. He is credited, on fairly probable testimony, with a share in the composition of several comedies. He also commenced the building of the Buen Retiro palace in Madrid. In fine condition.

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