Ordenanzas de buen gobierno dadas por Hernando Cortes para los vezinos y moradores de la Nueva-Espana, 1524
Publisher: Jose Porrua Turanzas
24+[6 ad] pages with diagrams and facsimiles. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") bound in original wrappers. Limited to 225 copies of which this is number 196.
The Ordenanzas, the first written code of laws formed in New Spain, compiled by Cortés and autographed with his signature was was issued in Temistlan on March 20, 1524, three years after the conquest of Mexico, at a time when the influx of Spanish immigrants and adventurers had caused the springing up of settlements in various parts of the recently discovered and conquered but not wholly pacified lands. The contents reveal a humane side of the character of Cortés as the laws are concerned not only with the security of the Spanish residents but also with the welfare of the Indians.
Some light edge wear else a very good copy.
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