La literatura juridica espanola del siglo de oro en la Nueva Espana

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Author: Malagon-Barcelo, Janvier (editor) from the library of Professor Eleanor B Adams

Year: 1959

Publisher: Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico

Place: Mexico City


173 pages with frontispiece, 16 plates, appendixes and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 7") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Prologue by Agustin Millares. From the library of Eleanor B Adams. Bibliotecta Nacional de Mexico Insituto Bibliografico Mexicano number 3. First edition limited to 2000 copies.

In a little more than fifty pages of scholarly notes, Dr Malagon-Barcelo presents to the readers a study of the Spanish juridical literature of the sixteenth century in New Spain. Concerning the authors he gives a synthesized judgment after presenting briefly the universal influence. concerning the works he presents in Appendix I 422 bibliographical entries which represent a mine of patient research and information. The same can be said for the 284 biographical entries which makes up Appendix II. An index of authors in Appendix II catalogs all authors mentioned in the volume.

Eleanor Burnham Adams was born on (1910-1996) attended Cambridge Latin School and earned a degree from Radcliffe College in romance languages, graduating cum laude in 1931. Adams studied for a summer at the University of Liverpool and pursued graduate studies in history at the Centro de Estudios Históricos at University of Madrid for one year. She began her career as a historian in 1934 in the Division of Historical Research of the Carnegie Institution, which was housed in the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. At Carnegie Adams began a lifelong collaboration with France Vinton Scholes, head of the Post-Columbian History Section. Within a few years Scholes and Adams began to publish their Yucatán studies, the product of what Lewis Hanke described as "the most sustained and important cooperative research project carried on by a United States institution in Latin America during the twentieth century." Adams also began her own studies on colonial New Spain and New Mexico. Adams and Scholes published fourteen volumes together. In 1938 Adams travelled to Mexico on assignment for the Carnegie Institution. Working from lists of documents Scholes provided, she transcribed and or photographed documents in the Archivo General de la Nación de México. Surprisingly, her parents either accompanied Adams on this trip or more likely joined her during her sojourn in Mexico. The three of them returned to New York by way of Veracruz, arriving on 9 May 1939. She remained in the employment of the Carnegie Institution until the Division of Historical Research closed in 1949. Adams spent a year as curator of the microfilm collection of Hispanic manuscripts at the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley.


Light edge wear, lightly soiled, Eleanor Adams name on front end paper else a better than very good copy.

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