An Important Analysis of Spanish Colonial Law Solorzano Pereira, Juan de [1575-1655]. De Indiarum Jure. Sive de Justa Indiarum Occidentalium Inquisitione, Acquisitione, & Retentione. Cum Duplici Indice, Primo Librorum & Capitum; Altero Rerum Notabilium Absolutissimo. Editio Novissima ab Innumeris, Quibus Priores Deformatae Erant, Mendis Emaculata, opera et Studio. Madrid: In Typographia Regia, Vulgo de la Gazeta, 1777. Two volumes. [xviii], 431, ; [xii], 272, 275-896, 128 pp. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (11" x 8"). Contemporary mottled sheep, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, marbled endpapers, edges rouged. Moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to board edges and corners, some shallow scuffs to boards, chipping to spine ends of Volume II, hinges starting. Light toning to text, cellotape repair to upper corner of pp. 255-56 of Volume II. Early owner signature to half-title of Volume I and title page of Volume II, interiors otherwise clean. Ex-library. Location labels to spine, small inkstamps to title pages, a few other markings in faint pencil. An attractive copy. $1,950. * Final edition. First published in 1629, with a second volume in 1639, this important analysis of Spanish colonial law was written by a Spanish jurist who served as a judge of the high court at Lima. Married to the Creole daughter of the governor of Cuzco and resident in Peru for eighteen years, he acquired an unparalleled knowledge of the law and history of the Indies. According to Gongora, his treatise is the "most systematic juridical formulation of the problems of legitimisation of dominion in the seventeenth century [and] enjoyed an unrivalled prestige in the official and legal circles of the Indies for a century and a half." It went though several editions in Latin and Spanish. OCLC locates 9 copies of our 1777 Latin edition in North America, 3 in law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, UT-Austin). Gongora, Studies in the Colonial History of Spanish America 62. Medina, Bibliotheca Hispano-Americano 4830. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 86529.
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