Madrid. 1769. ,374,pp. Folio. Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine. Minor soiling. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM47362
Second edition, after the first of 1726. With years of administrative experience and the impressive title of "Alcalde Visitador del Commercio entre Castilla, y las Indias," Don Antonio José Alvarez de Abreu (1683-1756) was clearly well prepared to write this important and rather influential treatise on ecclesiastical benefices in Spanish America, and on the concomitant question of Catholic church finances as relating to those benefices. Other topics also attract Abreu's attention, including freedom of the seas, marriage, entailed estates (i.e. mayorazgos), war, and hegemony. The text is printed in columns along the inner margin, with extensive shoulder- and sidenotes making another column along the outer margin. Bibliographical references are included in the sidenotes, and the work also includes a comprehensive index. PALAU 9445. SABIN 76. MEDINA, BHA 2574 (1st ed). LeCLERC 2 (1st ed).