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1639. BOOK: (RIGHT). BOOK OF THE LAWS, PRIVILEGE, AND ROYAL PROVISIONS OF THE HONORED COUNCIL OF THE MESTA GENERAL, AND ROYAL HUT DESTOS REYNOS. Madrid: by Pedro Tazo, 1639 - 1633 - 1719. 4th major. 14 h.+ 180 pages. Coat of arms of the Council of the Mesta engraved in wood on the cover. Woodcut capital letters. Text on line. Poor quality paper, but in good condition. [next:] PREMATIC ON THINGS TO DOWNLOAD AND INCREASE IN CATTLE BREEDING... Madrid: Juan Gonçalez, 1633. 2 h.+ 6 folders. Cover with royal coat of arms and gold toisón engraved on wood. Next:] ROYAL CEDULA . THE KING. KNOW... Valladolid, June 2nd 1719. 12 folders. 41 lines of text. Enc. in a vol. on parchment of the time. Beautiful copy of this compilation of the Laws of the Mesta and Royal Hut. Of great importance for the development of the agricultural and livestock economy in Atlantic Spain from the 14th to the 18th century; the practice of transhumance not only improved the poor subsistence economy, but also promoted the meeting of societies and cultures that, under the umbrella of the Castilian monarchical unity, were discovered to be very different. 'La Mesta was born as a democratic organization of small farmers and landowners who were brought together by Alfonso X for the first time in 1273. In this way, the Mesta is understood as an organization exclusively or at least dominated by cattle breeders, until Charles V 'in his eagerness to collect', shaped the institution to be controlled by large noble and ecclesiastical owners. In this line we understand the studies of Vicens Vives in his Manual of Economic History of Spain, among others'. Palau 137955; 235456.

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