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AUCTION 22

 

Texas: “A few faithless men without a country united only by ambition”

 

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532.     [TEXAS REVOLUTION]. MEXICO (Republic). CONGRESO GENERAL. Manifiesto del Congreso General en el presente año. Mexico: Impreso por J.M.F. de Lara, Calle de la Palma número 4 [lower wrapper: Impreso por J.M.F. de Lara], 1836. Signed and dated in type: Mexico, July 29, 1836, Angel G. Quintanar, José R. Malo, and Rafael de Montalvo. [1-2] 3-20 pp. 8vo (20.6 x 14 cm), original tan printed wrappers with Mexican eagle on upper wrapper and fountain on lower. Wrappers with tiny chip at lower spine, one faint, small stain on upper wrapper, and a small wormhole that touches a few letters. Very good overall.

     First edition. Palau 148995. Streeter 859: “Many pages are devoted to extolling the lofty traditions of Mexico and to calls on all Mexicans to unity in quelling the revolt of the Texans. The treaties signed by Santa-Anna in Texas are said to have no effect and final victory over Texas is said to be certain.” This address to the Mexican populace praises the noble traditions and ancient courage of Mexico but denounces in the roundest terms the Texas rebels, characterized as ungrateful adventurers: “Unos hombres sin fé, sin patría, sin mas unidad que de ambicion” (p. 7). Meaning to calm the country after the loss at San Jacinto and Santa-Anna’s subsequent capture, Congress assures the nation that the army shall lack for nothing and that victory is certain. In what is surely an insightful prediction, the Congress warns against U.S. ambitions, which they say seek to destroy Mexico from within and without by fomenting internal dissent and extending sovereignty over the entirety of North America, a prediction that too soon came all too true.

($500-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $500.00; Price Realized: $600.00

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