1824 ENTIRE LETTER TO VENICE “ESPRESSO” + “CONDANNATA”

$129.00

Country: LOMBARDY VENETIA

Condition: 1824 ENTIRE LETTER TO VENICE “ESPRESSO” + “CONDANNATA”

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1824 letter to Venice with handwritten “ESPRESSO” as well as the terms for private delivery “CONDANNATA CENT 50 ARRIVANDO PER LE ORE 6 POMERIDIANE DI VENERDI 7 MAGGIO 1824” (50c due if it arrives by 6pm on Friday 7 May 1824) – The sender informs that the “condemned” letter sent from the Venice correspondent had arrived at 1 pm in the night. A TRULY RARE “CONDANNATA” letter well into the 1820s — Signed Migliavacca
************** CONDANNATA (Condemned) was a postal term used in northern Italy from (approximately) the 1590s to the 1830s for letters conveyed using a private carrier for a pre-agreed sum to be paid by the addressee, as long at it was delivered within a clearly stated time-frame. Such mail was normally marked “espresso” to indicate urgent delivery and also bore a short instruction such as “Condemned to… (amount) if delivered within…(time)”. Usually, this type of mail had no postmarks unless part of the route was covered by the post office – a rare occurence. This mode of delivery was uncommon, but was tolerated by the post office for truly urgent situations.

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