A Landmark in the Colonial History of the Western Hemisphere Moya de Contreras, Pedro [c.1530-1591]. Concilium Mexicanum Provinciale III. Celebratum Mexici Anno MDLXXXV. Praeside D.D. Petro Moya, Et Contreras Archiepiscopo Ejusdem Urbis. Confirmatum Romae die XXVII. Octobris Anno MDLXXXIX. Postea Jussu Regio Editum Mexici Anno MDCXXII. Sumptibus D.D. Joannis Perez de la Serna Archiepiscopi. Demum Typis Mandatum Cura, & Expensis D.D. Francisci Antonij a Lorenzana Archipraesulis. [Mexico City]: Ex Typographia Bac. Josephi Antonii de Hogal, 1770. [xii], 328, ; , 141,  pp. Two parts. Second part has divisional page and separate pagination. Folio (10-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary vellum, calf lettering piece to spine, edges rouged. Light rubbing, soiling and a few minor faint stains to boards, light chipping to edges of lettering piece, a few minor wormholes to pastedowns, rear endleaves, gutter at final half of text block and final eight leaves of text (with no loss to legibility). Title page, with large copperplate vignette, printed in red and black, large copperplate vignette and historiated initial at beginning of text (p.1). Light toning to interior, slightly heavier in places. A handsome copy. $1,500. * Later edition. A landmark in the colonial history of the Western Hemisphere, the Third Provincial Council of the Church in Mexico brought the Counter-Reformation to New Spain and established standards for the Church that endured until the end of the colonial era. It was convened by Moya de Contreras (or Moya y Contreras), who then held the three highest offices in New Spain: viceroy, archbishop and inquisitor general. The council's work is notable, in part, for its treatment of indigenous people. One of the council's most important decisions banned their enslavement. Others aimed to assimilate these people into colonial society by teaching them Spanish, Christian doctrine and European-style trades. The first part of our 1770 imprint is a record of the council's proceedings. The second is the set of statutes ordered by the council and confirmed by the pope in 1589. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 42064. Palau, Manual del Librero Hispano-Americano 142389.
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