Two on the Texas Problem by Historian & Social Critic Carlos Pereyra

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482. PEREYRA, Carlos. De Barradas á Baudin. Un Libro de Polemica Historial. Mexico: Tipografía Económica, Avenida Oriente A 2 Num. 324 Antes Cazuela 1, 1904. [6], [1-3] 4-170, 156-232 [1] pp. (text complete). 8vo (25.2 x 16.5 cm), contemporary quarter Mexican tan sheep over blue and black mottled boards, spine with gilt-lettered red morocco label, raised bands, speckled edges. Spine very lightly rubbed at head, slight edge wear. Interior fine with manuscript corrections of errata in an unknown hand.

     First edition. Palau 218902. Launching from his reading of Mexican historian Francisco Bulnes’ Las Grandes mentiras de nuestra historia (1904), in which he sees several virtues and vices alike, Pereyra analyzes Mexican history with special emphasis on the Texas problem. Chapters include “La Patria ante su historia,” “Los crímenes de Santa-Anna,” “Siguen los crímenes de Santa-Anna,” “Los pecados originales de México,” “La barbarie militar y la ley de colonización,” “Los colones contrabandistas,” “Vientos de tempestad,” “La rebellion,” “Los Estados Unidos en la cuestión de Texas,” and “La agresión premeditada.” Although these chapters all contain heavy criticism of the Texans and the United States, Pereyra does not stint on criticism of his own native country, particularly Santa-Anna, on whom he heaps heavy blame.


PEREYRA, Carlos. Tejas La Primera Desembración De Méjico. Editorial América, Madrid; Concesionaria exclusiva para la venta: Sociedad Española de Libreria Ferraz, 25, [1917?]. [1-7] 8-252, [4, ads] pp. 8vo (17.8 x 13 cm), original blue ribbed cloth, spine gilt lettered. Spine faded, rubbed, and chipped at foot, covers faded and slightly stained. Interior with age toning, but otherwise fine. Ink ownership inscription of Sergio Moreno Pérez 1966 on p. 50, binder’s ticket of Miguel Castilleja León, Mexico City, and bookplate of HRG dated Mexico, June 9, 1969. Bibliotheca de la juventud hispano-americana, #6.

     First edition. Not in Palau. A history written for children to counter what the author considers American histories that tell only one side of the story. This is another volume in a long series of works that seek to clarify and correct the historical record. Chapters include “Las colonias angloamericanas de Austin,” “La declaración de independencia,” “El Álamo,” “San Jacinto,” “La democracia de Jackson y la acción de los Estados Unidos,” “Anexión de Tejas de los Estados Unidos,” and “El ensueño californiano del presidente Polk y la cuestión de Tejas.” All of these contain passages critical of the United States and apologetic of Mexico.

     Pereyra (1871-1942) a Saltillo native, abandoned a career as a lawyer to pursue diplomacy and education. He served Mexico in Washington, D.C., and later became a member of the Hague Tribunal. During that time, he separated himself from Mexico because he did not approve of governmental policies and eventually settled in Spain, where he became a famous writer and historian, issuing several works critical of the United States.


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