The Audiencia in the Spanish Colonies: As Illustrated by the Audiencia of Manila (1583-1800)

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Author: Cunningham, Charles Henry (1898-1975)

Year: 1919

Publisher: University of California Press

Place: Berkeley


ix+479 pages with bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. First edition.

Professor Cunningham has produced the first volume in English which attempts a complete historical survey of one of the principal colonial institutions of Spain. The author begins his volume with the statement that "the Audiencia was primarily a judicial institution". He then develops his thesis, emphasizing the non-judicial functions, which have been neglected by previous writers, to such an extent that the reader who has persisted to the end his almost lost site of the fundamental character of the institution. Two preliminary chapters deal with the audiencias of the Spanish colonies and the history of the establishment of the audiencia of Manila. The two following chapters treat of the purely judicial functions and the remainder of the volume is devoted to the semi-judicial and non-judicial powers, particularly in their relation to the governor and the ecclesiastical functionaries.


Scribbling on page 33, 29 and title page, corners bumped and rubbed, cover and spine rubbed, edges rubbed, pages uncut, corners else a good copy.

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