Memorias de los vireyes que han gobernado el Peru: durante el tiempo del coloniaje espanol
Publisher: Libreria Central de Felipe Baily
6 volumes. xxx+379+[index] pages; 426+[index] pages; 388+[index] pages; 516+[20 tables and index] pages; 393+[17 tables and index] pages; 394+[56 tables and index] with large fold out map at back and 12 plates. Folio (12 1/4" x 8 1/4") bound in original publisher's dark brown pebbled cloth, ruled in blind with front boards with armorial gilt device. New spines with original title in gilt laid on. (Palau 95426, Sabin 26119) First editions.
These memoirs, prepared by ten of the viceroys, were intended to apprise each successor of the nature and duties of his post, of the distribution of offices and presidencies, of the privileges of the natives, their hereditary, customs and character. The work forms a glorious monument of statesmanship; and it may be conjectured that if the Spaniards had always formed their conduct according to these Memorias, they would never had lost their colonies in the New World. (Bibliographico-Linguistica 312, part III)
The series was edited under the direction of the Ministerio de Hacienda.
Some foxing in all volumes, some water staining varying in degrees in volumes, worming to some volumes in varying degrees, a few affecting text but all readable. Spine replaced with original spine labels affixed else a good set of a scare colonial item.
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