All Mankind is One: Study of the Disputation Between Bartolome de las Casas and Juan Gines de Sepulveda on Religious and Intellectual Capacity of the American Indians
Publisher: Northern Illinois University
Place: DeKalb, IL
xvi+205pp with frontispiece, appendices, index and bibliography. Royal octavo (9 1.2" x 6 1/2") bound in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and red label with gilt lettering. 1st edition.
"No nation exists today, nor could exist, no matter how barbarous, fierce, or depraved its customs may be, which may not be attracted to all political virtues, and to the humanity of domestic, political, rational man." Bartolome de Las Casas made this statement at a time in history when most scholars and clergymen were claiming the opposite. One noted Renaissance scholar, Juan Gines de Sepulevda, vehemently denied the intellectual and religious capacity of the American Indians, and it is on this basis that the famous disputation at Valadolid took place - and the subsequent treatise by Las Casas in defense of the Indians was written.
Jacket edge wear with some small chips and tears, spine ends rubbed with tears. A very good copy in a very good jacket.
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