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RECOPILACION DE LEYES DE LOS REYNOS DE LAS INDIAS
Madrid, 1681. Folio. Later sheepskin, leather labels. Binding rubbed at extremities. Light soiling to titlepages, titlepage of volume one backed with paper. Minor soiling to text; some heavier dampstaining to volume one. Overall, very good. First 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 work 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 decrease, instead it increased: the courts continued to accept the cases and laws in the old local manuscript compilations, as well as those on point and laws contained in the Recopilación. In sum, this is a major work for all collections of international and Hispanic specific law.
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