By David Steinberg

Bernardo Miera y Pacheco was quite the Renaissance man. He was  a pioneering santero, an artist, a mapmaker, a merchant, an explorer,  a soldier, a metallurgist, a debt collector … and a town mayor. And, too, he was a captain of the Spanish Royal Corps of Engineers.

Miera y Pacheco is credited with drawing the first maps of what is today New Mexico and  the Four Corners region.

The 18th century figure – he lived from 1713 to 1785 – is the subject of a new book that its editor and some contributing essayists will discuss 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain NW.

The book is titled “The Art & Legacy of Bernardo Miera y Pacheco: New Spain’s Explorer, Cartographer and Artist.”

The editor is Josef Diaz, curator of Southwest and Mexican Colonial collections at the New Mexico Museum of History/Palace of the Governors.

Five of the six essayists will participate in the discussion. They are Charles Carrillo, Robin Farwell Gavin, Donna Pierce, Dennis Reinhartz and William Wroth. The sixth essayist is historian and museum administrator Thomas E. Chavez.

The Museum of New Mexico Press is the publisher. Copies of the book will available for sale in the Museum Store for $32.95.

This is the second book published on Miera y Pacheco, a native of Burgos, Spain, in as many years. In 2013 the University of Oklahoma Press published John L. Kessell’s “Miera y Pacheco: A Renaissance Spaniard in 18th Century New Mexico.” Kessell is an Albuquerque-based historian.

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