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Betancourt y Figueroa, Luis
Representacion hecha al Señor Felipe Quarto, á nombre de las Yglesias Metropolitanas, y Catedrales de las Yndias, sobre que sus Prelacias sean provistas en los Capitulares de éllas, y naturales de sus Provincias. Por El Doctor Don Luis de Betancourt, Y F
Mexico, 2 May 1771. Folio (320 x 230 mm), ff. 218. Contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards, spine tooled and lettered in gilt, and gilt edges. Excellent copy in a neat scribal hand- A fine contemporary manuscript version of the celebrated Mexican 1771 Representation included alongside Betancourt y Figueroa's work calling for religious posts in the Americas to go to creoles rather than peninsular Spaniards. The 1771 Representation according to the historian David Brading "constituted a remarkably frank plea for Mexican autonomy within the imperial framework of the absolutist monarchy" (Brading, Origins of Mexican Nationalism, 1985, p. 16). For this, it came to be known as one of the earliest calls for Mexican independence from Spain and was included in J. E. Hernández y Dávalos' Colección de Documentos para la Historia de la Guerra de Independencia de Mexico de 1808 a 1821, México, 1877-1882, vol. I, no. 195, pp. 427-55, with the title "Representacion que hizo la ciudad de México al rey D. Cárlos III en 1771 sobre que los criollos deben ser preferidos á los europeos en la distribucion de empleos y beneficios de estos reinos". Hernández y Dávalos was the first to publish the 1771 Representation and his is generally that referred to by historians. The version in this manuscript, however, is slightly different and contains some extra passages. In the 18th century, following the shock of defeat in the Seven Years' War, the Spanish government sought to exert greater control over its transatlantic empire in what Brading has called 'the virtual reconquest of the I … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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