Sanctum provinciale concilium mexici celebratum Anno Domini millessimo quingentessimo octuagessimo quinto, Presidente in eo Illmo. ac Rmo. D.D. Petro Moya de Contreras Archiepo. Mexicano nunc vero ad instantiam et ex sumptibus Ill. ac Rmi. D.D. Ioannis de
Publisher: Apud Ioannaem Ruiz
Place: Mexico City
+102++38+ leaves with title page engraved by Samuel Stradanus of Antwerp, but executed in Mexico. Folio (11 1/2" x 8") bound in contemporary vellum. Each source collates the preliminaries of this work differently, but this copy has the usual 3-page Juan de la Serna dedication which was not noted by Medina, Palau, or Sabin. (Medina, Mexico 343; Palau 293978; Sabin 48373; Szewczyk, 39 Books and Broadsides 29) First edition.
The plate was engraved by Samuel Stradanus of Antwerp, who was used to print certificates of indulgences of forty days' remission of sins from Juan PÃ©rez de la Serna, then Archbishop of Mexico. The certificates were given to people who donated money to finance the construction of the new sanctuary of Tepeyac, consecrated in 1622, which later became the Basilica of Guadalupe. Its actual title is Virgen de Guadalupe con escenas de ocho milagros (Spanish: Virgin of Guadalupe with scenes of eight miracles), but the term Stradanus engraving is used by Guadalupan researchers. It is the first document to depict the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and may have been a source of the Nican motecpana, the portion of the Huei tlamahuiÃ§oltica, an early source of the Guadalupan apparition, that relates the miracles associated with the icon.
The first publication of the comprehensive social code of New Spain decreed by the Third Mexican Concilium in 1585. Largely concerned with missionary activities and the rights of the Indians.
Minor wear, nearly detached from text block; wear to engraved title page, intermittent damp-staining, lacking rear free endpaper; early inscription on title page else about very good copy.
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