Reales Ordenanzas para la Direccion, Régimen y Gobierno del Importante Cuerpo de la Minería de Nueva-España, y de su Real Tribunal General. De Orden de Su Magestad.
Madrid (n.pr.), 1783.
Large 4to. (2) ff. with engraving of arms of the King of Spain and title p., 46, 214 pp. Recent half calf in the style of the period. Faint traces of marginal worming repaired throughout, without loss of text.
First edition of an important and influential work. This celebrated and comprehensive code was drawn up by representatives of the Mexican mining districts in consultation with the Spanish crown, on the instructions of José de Gálvez, Minister of the Indies. It served as the basis of the mining law of most Spanish American countries until the late nineteenth century; it became law also in both Peru and the Río de la Plata viceroyalty in 1794.
Palau 251937. Medina, BHA, 5040. Sabin 56260.