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October 26, 2007

Early Bangs Imprint with Double Arrows

12. [BANGS, Samuel (printer)]. MEXICO (Empire). Manifiesto de S. M. El Emperador [facing double arrows] Habitantes del Imperio: El general á quien encargué el mando de las tropas que debian ocupar á Veracruz.... México febrero 9 de 1823. Agustin. Jose Manuel de Herrera. [Colophon] Reimpreso en el Saltillo á 19 de Febrero de 1823. Imprenta de la Comandancia General de Oriente Jose Manuel Bangs, Impresor. Broadside on laid paper with watermark (29 x 21.2 cm). Creased where formerly folded, tiny hole in upper left blank margin, faint stain at lower right blank corner, otherwise fine copy of an early Bangs imprint with his double arrows.

            Jenkins, Bangs 164: “Proclamation issued by the emperor in Mexico City on February 9, 1823, declaring that the revolution has ended, although there are still disturbances in Veracruz. Presents some peace proposals to the governor of Veracruz that are actually more of a veiled threat.” Not in Spell. Samuel Bangs (ca. 1798-1854) accompanied the Mina expedition as printer and created the first imprints west of the Louisiana Purchase, in Texas, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, and Coahuila. Bangs created the present imprint in Saltillo after being freed from the Royalists and moving from Monterrey to Saltillo, where he began printing for the government in the spring of 1822. See: Handbook of Texas Online (Samuel Bangs) and Lota M. Spell, Pioneer Printer: Samuel Bangs in Mexico and Texas (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1963. ($500-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $500.00; Price Realized: $587.50

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