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AUCTION 24

War News and Views


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[NEWSPAPERS]. A group of thirty-nine Mexican newspapers and similar items most published during the war. All have caption titles and are first editions.

DURANGO

[1] El Registro Oficial. Periodico del Gobierno del Estado de Durango. Tom. 6o. Sem. 1o. Mes 2o. Num. 490. (October 22, 1846). [Durango]: Imprenta del Gobierno á cargo de M. González, [1846]. [1] 2-4 pp. Folio in two columns (32.5 x 22.5 cm), folded sheet. Creased where formerly folded, minor fold splits.

Charno, p. 282 (locates only four scattered issues, apparently microfilms).

Includes letter from Almonte to Armijo relating to war events in New Mexico in August, but most of the newspaper is taken up by reports of Native American incursions, including one “hysteria” report in which it is said that two thousand Comanches directed by the U.S. are approaching Chihuahua armed with artillery pieces. Also includes a list of people who have donated to sustain the war.

[2] El Registro Oficial. Periodico del gobierno del Estado de Durango. Tom. 6o. Sem. 2o. Mes. 80. Num. 543 (April 25, 1847). [Durango]: Imprenta del Gobierno á cargo de M. González, [1847]. [1] 2-4 pp. Folio in two columns (32.5 x 22.5 cm), folded sheet. Creased where formerly folded, otherwise very fine.

Charno, p. 282 (locates only four scattered issues, apparently microfilms).

Contains numerous articles concerning the war, especially a notice of the impending Battle of Cerro Gordo, and printings of several government wartime decrees, including a conscription law.

MEXICO CITY

[1] Boletin de la Democracia. No. 6 (March 2, 1847). [2] pp. Folio in two columns (32.5 x 22.3 cm). [Mexico, 1847]. Left margin tape stained and with old stab holes, creased where formerly folded, right margin slightly chipped, old number stamps marked out in ink at upper right.

Charno, p. 312.

This prints several documents, letters, reports, and other communications concerning the war, especially reports concerning the impending invasion of Veracruz.

[2] Boletin Oficial. No. 1 [-4]. (March 1, 1847-March 4, 1847). 4 issues. [Mexico] Imprenta del cuartel general, [1847]. [4] pp and 1 broadside in two columns (all ca. 30 x 22 cm), Creased where formerly folded, old stab holes in left margin, trimmed.

Charno, p. 314.

Consists almost entirely of political news and pronouncements. Issue 3 contains a curious statement apparently about the Battle of Buena Vista in which it is reported that Santa-Anna was victorious.

[3] Memorial Histórico: Periódico noticiosa, comercial, cientifico y literario. [Mexico City]: Imprenta de I. Cumplido, 1846. 25 issues. January 9-February 18 (broken run) 4 pp in three columns. Folio (46 x 33 cm). Creased where formerly folded, age-toned.

Charno, p. 371 (listing scattered issues).

These papers were all published before the war.

[4] Sesto Desengaño para los pronunciados en Mexico. (Segundo Alcance al N. 10 del Boletin de la Democracia). [Mexico]: Impreso por Valdes y Redondas, Calle de la Escalerrias núm 2, 1847. Broadside (33 x 22.5 cm). Creased where formerly folded, left margin moderately chipped.

Reprints a resolution of the artillery brigade of the Puebla National Guard in which it supports the government against royalist rebels.

MONTERREY

[1] Alcance al Semanario Politico del jueves 2 de abril de 1846. [Monterrey]: Imprenta del gobierno, á cargo de Froila y Mier, [1846]. Broadside in three columns (43 x 31.5 cm). Creased where formerly folded, light overall browning.

Prints a long statement by Andres Terres defending his conduct and two military related pieces, including one referring to the defense of Matamoros.

[2] Boletin Oficial. No 1 (September 4, 1846). [Monterrey]: Imprenta del gobierno á cargo de Froilan y Mier, 3ª. calle de Abasolo, núm. 2, [1846]. [4] pp. Folio in two columns (33 x 22.5 cm), folded sheet. Creased where formerly folded, old stab holes in left margin, right margin slightly chipped.

Charno, p. 431. Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 511-512.

Prints several important military laws and dispatches relating to the war effort, all by Ampudia, including one allowing execution of traitors. “Filled with news of the war” (Garrett & Goodwin).

[3] Boletin Oficial. No 2 (September 5, 1846). [Monterrey]: Imprenta del gobierno á cargo de Froilan y Mier, 3ª. calle de Abasolo, núm. 2, [1846]. [2] pp. Folio in two columns (33 x 22.5 cm). Creased where formerly folded, old stab holes in left margin, right margin slightly chipped.

Charno, p. 431. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 511-512.

Includes numerous proclamations and orders, some concerning the Constitution of 1824.

[4] Boletin Oficial. No 6 (September 14, 1846). [Monterrey]: Imprenta del gobierno á cargo de Froilan y Mier, 3ª. calle de Abasolo, núm. 2, [1846]. [2] pp. Folio in two columns (33 x 22.5 cm). Creased where formerly folded, old stab holes in left margin, right margin slightly chipped.

Charno, p. 431.

Includes several military decrees, including one forgiving deserters and another publishing a conscription law requiring 30,000 men be drafted.

MORELIA

La Prensa. Periodico de noticias y variedades. [Morelia]: Imprenta de Ignacio Arago, Calle del Veterano, número 6, [1847]. [1] 2-4 pp. Folio in three columns (44 x 30 cm), folded sheet. Creased where formerly folded, overall light browning, small fold splits, minor losses of a few letters at folds.

Includes an article reprinted from the Picayune about American volunteers leaving in masses now that their enlistments are over, thus weakening the American armies. Also reports a message saying that Taylor intends to invest San Luis Potosí. Finally, the ironically named Dr. José Indelicato announces the opening of his practice.

OAXACA

Alcance al numero 41 de la Nueva Era (May 28, 1847). [Oaxaca]: Impreso por Ignacio Rincón, calle de Santo Domingo N. 1, 1847. [2] pp. Folio in two columns (32 x 22 cm). Once split horizontally, now professionally rejoined with loss of a few letters, slight staining at fold line, some light marginal chipping, small wormholes touching a few letters.

Santa Anna in this May 22 Manifiesto defends his conduct and motives during the war following defeats by U.S. forces. On May 28, Santa Anna formally renounced his office as president but continued as General of the Mexican Army. “Here he declares he can better serve the country by commanding the Army” (Eberstadt 660). The Battle of Cerro Gordo had been lost about a month prior to this statement, and Scott was marching on Mexico City. A very important statement for Mexican political and military history.

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