4to, ff. 61 (i.e. 64); collation A-Q, complete; woodcut initial on first leaf; some uniform browning, some creasing; bound in contemporary vellum; soiled and wrinkled, text block almost loose; contemporary ink marginalia, annotations to endpapers including dates 1600 and 1603; old ink stamp to front free endpaper.
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[Drop-head title:] Instrucion de la practica y estilo que deue tener una persona que quiere tratar en Espana de negocios, assi de Roma, como de los que se despachan en la Nunciatura, con las advertencias necessarias para el buen despacho dellos.
First and only edition of a very rare work of Canon law: a manual for curiales de Roma, officials charged with implementing Canon law in the Spanish provinces. The handbook first of all recommends the most financially convenient and effective ways of transferring payments to Rome and of maintaining trusted contacts and regular correspondence with both Madrid and Rome: both necessary conditions for effective governance. It then sets out the Canon regulations on benefices, including details on how to express their value in currency. Among other things it discusses the controversial subject of the coadjutoria, a sort of semi-pension given on grounds of ill health or old age; it gives a table with the costs for acquiring matrimonial dispensations under a variety of circumstances; it exemplifies cases of uncertain jurisdiction, and finally sets out the regulations on the ownership, use and disposal of ill-obtained goods – remarkably including libraries.
Only one other extant copy, at the BNE.
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