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AUCTION 24

Arista Justified

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[TEXAS]. MEXICO. SUPREMA CORTE DE JUSTICIA MILITAR. Fallo definitivo del supremo tribunal de la guerra, al examinar la conducta militar del Exmo. Dr. General D. Mariano Arista, en las acciones de guerra que sostuvo al principio de la invasion americana. Mexico City: Imprenta de Vicente García Torres, à cargo de Luis Vidaurri, 1850. [1-7] 8-31 [1, blank] pp. 4to (27 x 18.5 cm), contemporary full black Mexican sheep elaborately gilt embossed, with original green ornamental printed wrappers bound in. Front hinge split. Except for chipping and a minor hole to upper wrapper and small tear in title page, very fine.

First edition. Conner & Faulk 172. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 140. Harper 12:414: “The investigation of General Arista on account of his loss of the important battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma at the beginning of the war with the United States which brings out many interesting aspects of those important engagements.” Sutro, p. 859.

The tribunal completely exonerated Arista for various reasons. As the “Al Publico” states bluntly: “Ellas, sin necesidad de otro comentario, presentan del modo mas solemne, purificada la conducta militar del Sr. Arista.” Oddly, one of the reasons given for the loss at Resaca de la Palma was the discouragement engendered by the loss at Palo Alto: “Con elementos tan contrarios que causaron impresiones indestructibles, el éxito de la batalla no pudo ser otro que el que fué.... En vano el General en Gefe se empeña en recordar al solado su antiguo brio, nadie le escucha y todos le disputan la vanguardia sobre Matamoros” (p. 19).

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