Lot 173 of 435:
Rules for Franciscan missionaries in Southwest  

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Breve apostólico de Pio Sexto, y estatutos generales para la erección y gobierno de las custodias de misioneros franciscos observantes de propaganda fide en las Provincias Internas de Nueva España.

Pius VI, Pope

Madrid, Spain

Por D. Blas Román, impressor de la Real academia, de derecho español y público



[2], 42 pp. 20.5x15 cm (8x6"), disbound.

Apostolic Brief establishing the general statutes for the foundation and government of the “Custodias de Misioneros”, in the internal provinces (“Provincias Internas”) of New Spain.  The “Custodias”, translated as “custodians”, were members of the Catholic clergy that were sent to missions in remote places to direct the evangelizing tasks and spread the faith. These statutes establish the way those custodians were selected, the period they were to remain in the missions, and their faculties. The “Provincias Internas” was an administrative district of New Spain formed by the territories of present-day northern Mexico and southwestern United States: Coahuila, Texas, New Mexico, Durango, Nuevo León, Sonora and California. There was another 1781 edition, published by Joachin Ibarra, which had a second part. This  Blas Román issue did not have a second part, and is much more scarce, with only one copy located by OCLC/WorldCat, at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Worming to lower gutter margin intruding into text in the latter pages; in "N. 34" at top of title page; very good overall.

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