King Carlos IV Organizes Spain's Lucrative Silver Mines of Potosi [Spain]. Real Banco de San Carlos de Potosi. Real Cedula de Incorporacion de el Banco de Potosi a la Real Hacienda y Ordenanzas Para su Regimen y Gobierno: Con Arreglo a las Leyes de Indias y Demas Reales Disposiciones que al Margen se Citan: de Orden de S.M. Madrid: En la Imprenta de Don Benito Cano, 1795. [xii], 67,  pp. Final 107 un-numbered pages are charts and tables, 4 folding. Folio (11-3/4" x 8"). Contemporary tree sheep, gilt fillets to boards, gilt fillets to spine, recased, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some loss to gilding, spine abraded, corners bumped and lightly worn. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to preliminaries and a few other leaves, light edgewear to one of the folding tables. A handsome copy $2,500. * Only edition. The Bank of Potosi was organized to manage the network of mines in Potosi, a mountain in present-day Bolivia. Worked by a brutally exploited force of indigenous workers, later supplemented by enslaved Africans, these mines were one of the greatest sources of Spain's wealth for nearly 200 years. The Real Cedula de Incorporacion prints the certificate of incorporation granted by King Carlos IV and the charter outlining the bank's purpose, organization and regulation. OCLC locates 12 copies in North America, 1 in a law library (Library of Congress). Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 68224.
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