[PEÑA Y PEÑA, MANUEL DE LA]. Coleccion de los documentos mas importantes relativos á la instalacion y reconocimiento del gobierno provincial del escmo. Sr. Presidente de la Suprema Corte de Justicia, D. Manuel de la Peña y Peña. Mexico, año de 1847. Mexico City: Imprenta de Ignacio Cumplido, calle de los Rebeldes No. 2, 1847. [1-3] 4-79 pp. 8vo (22.5 x 14.7 cm), original beige printed wrappers, ornamental border, stitched. Other than light wear, fine.
First edition. Harper 12:370. Sabin 59631.
As practically his last act as president (printed herein), Santa-Anna decreed that the president of the Supreme Court would assume the presidency in his absence. That person was Peña y Peña. This publication consists of all the communications from various departments, etc., relating to Peña y Peña’s elevation to the office. It forms a superb collective example of the creaky, cumbersome nature of the Mexican government. By contrast, it also offers a different picture of Mexican government being built by consensus instead of decree. Some of the documents denounce Santa-Anna.