1841 · Madrid
Handsome mid-19th century edition of the first comprehensive compilation of the laws of the Spanish Indies. Antonio Rodríguez de León Pinello compiled it by 1635, but it circulated only in manuscript until Fernando Jiménez de Paniagua brought it up to date and saw the result through the press in 1681. Prior to the publication of this massive work, it was common practice for lawyers and courts in the various legal districts of the New World (i.e., audiencias) to compile in manuscript the laws in force in order that they might be used as precedents. Upon publication of this code, the number of precedents did not (as might have been expected) decrease via "regularization" but instead increased: The courts continued to accept the cases and laws on point in the old local manuscript compilations and also those contained in the Recopilación! In sum, this is a major work for all collections of international and Hispanic-specific law.
The first edition is very uncommon in today's marketplace, meaning most scholars and collectors must settle for a later edition, such as this fifth — which has the happy advantage of being handsomely printed in double-column format. This copy is attractively bound, as well.
Palau 137466; Sabin 68390. Victorian acid-stained sheep with gilt spines extra. Tape adhered to title-pages at inner margin; some other old repairs. Ownership signatures on title-page. All edges marbled. A nice set. (Inventory #: 3584)