Colección de las ordenanzas que para el Gobierno de el Obispado de Michoacan Hicieron y promulgaron con Real Aprobación sus Illmos. Señores Prelados. de buena memoria, D FR Marcos Ramirez de Prado, y D Juan de Ortega Montanez

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Author: Ramirez de Prado y Ovando Marcos (1592-1667)

Year: 1776

Publisher: Ramirez de Prado y Ovando Marcos (1592-1667) and Juan de Ortega Montanez

Place: Mexico City


[14]+88+81-284 pages. Octavo (8" x 6 1/4") bound in contemporary vellum housed in a custom made enclosure. Edited by Francisco Casillas y Cabrera. (Medina Mexico 5923; Palau 247176, 56598; Sabin 67658) updated and comprehensive account of the Bishopric of Michoacán, containing the edicts published by Fray Marcos Ramirez de Prado in 1642 and Fray Juan de Ortega Montañez in 1685.

Comprehensive account of the Bishopric of Michoacán are provided by these Ordenanzas, originally published in 1685 and brought up to date in this revised edition by Casillas y Cabrera, Oficial mayor de la Secretaría del Obispado. They contain both the Ordenanzas issued in 1642 by Fr. Marcos Ramirez de Prado, bishop of Michoacan 1639-1666, and the much more extensive and detailed Ordenanzas issued by Juan de Ortega Montañez, bishop of Michoacan, Inquisitor of the Tribunal del Santo Oficio de México and Viceroy of New Spain. Ramirez and Ortega Montañez were concerned with the relationship between the clergy and the secular authorities, the reform of abuses and the need for the clergy to be above reproach, especially in their dealings with the Indians. Both bishops devote special sections to the natives. Their instructions were designed both to provide protection for the Indians. Procedures were laid down for dealing with natives who failed to fulfill their religious obligations or resisted indoctrination for themselves or their children. These included reporting them to the ministers of the law. Orders were given for the persecution of witchcraft, dancing, drunkenness etc.


Wear and staining to fore-edge; minimal wear to contents; contemporary ownership inscriptions on end leaves, lacks ties, inked library stamp on second leaf. In a custom clamshell case.

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