Holy Roman Emperor (1741-1790). LS ("Joseph Core[gent]"). Vienna. 4to (224 × 175 mm). 1 p. on a bifolium.
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Addressed to Nicolaus Esterházy, nicknamed "the Splendid", in German. - The later emperor Joseph II, famous for his enlightened and anti-clerical reforms, writes to Nikolaus Esterházy, the Hungarian prince and main patron of the composer Joseph Haydn, about another Hungarian noble, the count Christoph Erdödy, whose lavish lifestyle had forced him to borrow immense sums of money. Joseph complains that Erdödy’s "confused legal disputes" ("seine verwirrten Rechtshändel") seem to drag his own name into these affairs.