Fragmentos de la Vida y Virtudes de don Vasco de Quiroga
Publisher: Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas
xliv+202; ii+30+[xlv-lxx] pages with 1 plate and index. Royal octavo (9" x 6 1/2") bound in original publisher's beige cloth with brown lettering to font cover in original jacket. Prologue by Salvador Galvan Infante. Introduction by Ricardo Leon Alanis. Facsimile of the 1766 edition. Limited to 2000 copies.
Vasco de Quiroga (born between 1470-78 - died March 14, 1565) was the first bishop of Michoacan, Mexico and one of the judges (oidores) in the second Audiencia that governed New Spain from January 10, 1531 to April 16, 1535. Coming from a background as a lawyer and a judge he was appointed to be a judge in the second Audiencia after the first Audiencias failure. As an oidor he took a strong interest in restoring order to the Michoacan area which had been ravaged by rebellions and unrest. He employed a strategy of congregating indigenous populations into congregated Hospital-towns called Republicas de Indios, organized after principles derived from Thomas More's Utopia. The purpose of this policy was to make the dispersed indigenous populations easier to control and instruct in Christian values and lifestyles. He established two such hospitals: Santa Fe de Mexico close to the town of Tacuba in the Valley of Mexico, and Santa Fe de la Laguna close to Patzcuaro, Michoacan. Because of his reputation as a protector of the Indians, Vasco de Quiroga is venerated as a saint in some communities in Michoacan to this day.
A near fine copy in like jacket.
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