Berkeley: University of California Press, 1950. Hardcover. xvi, 257p., illustrated with one facsimile, the frontispiece, hardbound in 8x5 inch brown cloth boards and dust jacket; first issue of the revision. Book itself has faintest sprinkle of foxing to textblock foredge, is otherwise entirely sound, clean and unmarked. The dj was printed on glazed acidic stock and is fragile with some edgewear and rubbing. All in all a very good copy.
The encomienda, per dj text, was "a subterfuge for slavery. Half a century of agitation was necessary by the Crown and Las Casas and the other reformers to suppress the most objectionable feature of the encomienda, the privilege [allowed by Church, promoted by the State] of using the Indians as slaves"