AUCTION 23

 
 

“Swim, Swim and at the Shore Drown”

A Biting Critique of Santa-Anna & Filisola in the Texas War

 
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223. [LÓPEZ DE SANTA-ANNA, ANTONIO]. Nadar, nadar, y a la orilla ahogar; ó sea Juicio crítico de un Sastre rinconero y de capa rota, sobre la prision del Presidente Santa Anna, y conducta que ha observado el general D. Vicente Filisola, ejecutando las órdenes que le dió desde su prision [caption title]. [Signed in print at end] El Mismo. [Colophon] Mexico: Imprenta de la Testamentaría de Valdes, 1836. [1] 2-4 pp. 8vo (21.5 x 15.5 cm). Folded sheet, untrimmed, very fine. Old pencil note in top blank margin of first page: “Muy bueno raro.”

     First edition. Not in Streeter or other standard sources. A biting critique on Santa-Anna and Filisola and the disastrous Texas War, written while the president was still a prisoner in Texas after the Battle of San Jacinto. (The author refers to the May 19, 1836, announcement of the defeat.) He calls for renewed efforts to undo this disaster: “Volad al socorro de vuestra caudillo, arrancandlo de las manos de sus enemigos; jamás se os ha presentado un motivo mas justo para que desarroleis vuestro valor” (p. 4). An excellent example of the shock and outrage that swept Mexico after the results of the April 21, 1836, Battle of San Jacinto were made public. Very rare. Only one copy on OCLC and none at auction. The only other reported copy is one we offered in 1986.

($200-400)

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