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AUCTION 24

A Warning

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[BORDERLANDS]. Observaciones al dictamen presentado por la primera comision de guerra, a la Camara de Diputados in 26 de febrero del presente ano, y publicado en el siglo XIX de 25 del mismo mes, sobre arreglo del ejercito. Chihuahua: Imprenta del Gobierno á cargo de Cayetano Ramos, 1844. [2], 2-8 [3, blank]. 8vo (23 x 16.5 cm), original folded sheet, never stitched. Title page slightly stained, edges somewhat tattered, horizontal fold, but an excellent example of Mexican provincial printing. With 1844 in contemporary ink on title page. Rare. No copies on OCLC.

First edition.

The anonymous author(s) takes the commission to task and denounces many aspects of their report, including one suggestion that the Mexican army become more like foreign armies, including that of the United States. What truly appalls the author, however, is the ignorance concerning the proper defense of the Borderlands: “De paso advertimos el grand error que la comision ha padecido al proponer se escuadronicen las companias presidiales de estas fronteras, pero esto lo disculpamos con la grande distancia a que se encuentran los senores de la comision de estos paises, y a que no han visto quizas el reglamento de presidios. Solo una ignorancia, la mas completa de nuestra situacion, puede hacer concebir el intento de que se esquadronicen estas companias, fruto de trescientos anos de esperiencias hechas per el gobierno activo y vigilante como el espanol que las establicio tal como hoy se encuentran, y sobre cuya organizacion hablaremos otra vez y demonstraremos los graves inconvenientes que traeria variarla” (p. 7). The piece is signed “Chihuahua Marzo 29, de 1844. Primer toque de unos trompetas.” Whether others were published is unknown.

A prescient pre-war essay that clearly recognizes the dangers of the poorly defended Borderlands, a problem that would become all too evident when United States troops started marching through them just a few years later.

($100.00-$200.00)

Sold. Hammer: $100.00; Price Realized: $122.50.

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