Memorial discursivo sobre el oficio de protector general de los Indios del Piru. Juan de Larrinaga Salazar, Juan de la Rynaga or Rinaga Salazar.
Memorial discursivo sobre el oficio de protector general de los Indios del Piru
Scarce Work on the Office of the Protector of the Indians

Memorial discursivo sobre el oficio de protector general de los Indios del Piru

[En Madrid]: [En la Imrenta Real], 1626. In later binding, using old vellum. Title lettered in ink on the front panel. ff. [2] 34. Coll.: 𝜋2 A–H4 I2. he engraved title page is not presented. Occasional inkblots and signs in ink and pencil at the margin. Traces of old restoration. 𝜋1, I2 restored with minor loss of text, 𝜋[2], G1, h1 “burnt” by ink with minor loss of text, A2 “burnt” by ink. Wormholes from C4–F4 at gutter with some loss to the text, from H1–I2 at outer margin no effect to the text. In good condition.

Scarce first edition of this significant work on the Spanish administration of Peru.

Larrinaga’s Memorial is related to the office and the role of the Defensor General of the Indians. In four articles he introduces the institution itself and its history describes its related problems and inconveniences and provides solutions to the problems and a working plan to achieve these proposals. (Novoa, 2016) The author of the memorial, Juan de Larrinaga Salazar (1588–1635) was a procurator for the city of Lima in Spain between 1625 and 1627, served as a regidor of Lima (1611–21), a professor at the San Marcos University in Lima (1618), later oidor in Panama (1628–35). Juan was the eldest son of Leandro de Larrinaga, the first Creole lawyer to graduate from the San Marcos, and advocate of Indians from 1601 to 1624, and the grandson of the Conquistador Juan de Larrinaga Salazar Ruiz de Urribari (1505–1600). The prominent Larrinaga (or la Rynaga, Reinaga, or Reynaga) family was linked to the protectorship institution as advocates of Indians, and members of the family authored some of the most important sources of the early history of Peru and the protectorship institution.

Extremely scarce. IB/USTC locates only 3 copies worldwide (Houghton Library; JCB; Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla Mx).

Literature: Novoa, Mauricio. The Protectors of Indians in the Royal Audience of Lima: History, Careers and Legal Culture, 1575-1775. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2015.

Price: €4,000.00