First edition. A most compelling Mexican reglamento, establishing a montepío, or charitable fund, for the mothers, widows, and children of deceased employees of the Chamber Clerk in the Spanish colonies, and would have extended to the present-day American Southwest, including California and Texas. This was the third (and largest) charitable fund established on 10 May 1776 by royal cédula of Charles III, and was distinct from analogous regulations in Spain. This third montepío was approbated 18 February, 1784, promulgated 1 July the same year, and was in force through Independence, though at times it was nearly depleted, and was occasionally sued for payment. The fund was established through revenue realized by the systematic plunder of the very regions it was intended to serve, an irony not lost on the population. Our reglamento was also published as a folio later in 1784, and the full text was reprinted in Havana in 1861. For a thorough discussion of the colonial montepíos of Charles III, please see María Ángeles Gálvez Ruiz's "La política matrimonial sobre los empleados públicos en Indias y los montepíos oficiales en las postrimerías del período colonial," Revista de Indias, 2019, vol. LXXIX, No. 275, pp. 80-110.
Mexico City: Felipe de Zúñiga y Ontiveros, 1784.
Quarto, 200 x 147 x 6 mm. π1, [A]4, B-H4, *2; , 63,  pp. Contemporary paper wraps, titled on lower cover in contemporary manuscript: Monte Pío de | oficinas. Covers a bit soiled and worn. Interior: Very clean and crisp. An excellent, unsophisticated copy with wide margins.
From the antiquarian stock of Dorothy Sloan.
cf. Medina (México) 7514 [erroneously(?) counting only 55 pp., though this could be a variant edition]; Sabin 68873 (also counting 55 pp); Palau 255170. Beristain not consulted.