De Indiarum iure sive de iusta Indiarum Occidentalium Inquisitione, acquisitione, & retentione

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Author: Juan de Solórzano Pereira (1575–1655) 

Year: 1672

Publisher: Laurent Anisson

Place: Lyon


2 volumes. [24]+438+[80]+[8]+64+[15] pages with half-title and title in red and black; [12]+858+[141] pages with title in red and black. Folio (14 1/4" x 8 1/2") bound in quarter leather with six raised spine bands with gilt lettering and spine design over marbled boards. (European Americana 672/213; JCB III, page 247; Medina BHA 1542; Palau 318977; Sabin 86528) Third edition, first published in 1629.

Juan de Solórzano Pereira was Spanish jurist and author. Solórzano studied civil and canon law at the University of Salamanca and taught there before being named oidor of the Audiencia of Lima in 1609. In Peru he oversaw the rehabilitation of the Huancavelica mercury mine, married a creole woman from Cuzco, and mastered legislation related to the Indies. By the time he returned from what he considered exile in the New World as fiscal of the Council of the Indies in 1627, he was the foremost authority on the laws of the Indies. He published De Indiarum iure from 1629 to 1639 and, in 1647, a modified five-volume version, Política indiana, for readers of Spanish. Solórzano also was a major contributor, in 1636, to the final draft of the Recopilación de leyes de los reynos de las Indias, which was finally published in 1681. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Solórzano considered public office to be a public trust rather than a piece of property.


Early inscription on title pages, later embossed library stamps on several pages, some age toning to pages else a very good set.

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