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Educating young American and Philippine noblemen
according the guidelines of the Spanish King Charles IV

[CHARLES IV, King of Spain].
Real cédula por la qual Su Magestad funda un colegio de nobles Americanos en la ciudad de Granada.
Madrid, printed by the widow of Joaquín Ibarra, 1792. 8vo. With a wood-engraved royal coat-of-arms on the title-page. Contemporary straight-grain red morocco. [2], 50 pp.
€ 6,500
Extremely rare first (and only early) edition of a decree of 15 January 1792 by King Charles IV of Spain. It establishes a college in Granada for educating American and Philippine youth of noble birth.
The decree specifies a broad curriculum of political, military, ecclesiastical and legal subjects, with the intent to educate the students for royal service. Besides these theoretical topics, the students would also learn equitation (horsemanship), dancing, fencing and other arts appropriate to their social status. The decree also describes admissions procedures, guidelines for the curriculum and administration, qualifications for the staff and rules of conduct extensively and precisely. Students, for example, are not allowed to use slaves or personal servants, and twenty scholarship students are to be exempted from all fees (one or two each from specified provinces in the Americas and the Philippines), while other students have to pay fees on a sliding scale. The decree gives a glimpse of the regimen and habits, but also the education, in a royal school for noble young boys. A facsimile was published in 1968.
In very good condition. Palau 250290; WorldCat (1 copy); not in JCB; Sabin.
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