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Pingenot Auction, Lot 73

73. COAHUILA Y TEXAS (Mexican State). GOVERNOR (Juan Martin de Veramendi). Memoria en que el Gobernador del estado libre de Coahuila y Tejas...leida en la Sesión Publica de 2 de enero de 1833. Leona Vicario [Saltillo]: Ciudadano Sisto González, 1833. 7 pp., 15 tables (some folding, with varying typographical borders). Folio, original white printed wrappers (title with bold typographical border and engraved allegorical vignette), stitched. A superb copy, clean and crisp. Preserved in a half tan levant morocco and beige cloth folding box. Rare.
        First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:875: "An extremely important document, crammed with vital statistical and historical information." Howes C505. Streeter 788 (3 locations: Texas State Library, Saltillo Archives, Yale): "In this interesting annual message the Governor comments severely on the disregard for the laws of the state in the Department at San Felipe de Austin in October, 1832. Though the new ayuntamiento of González in the ‘Grent Dewit’ colony was established during the year, their figures were not received in time to be included in the schedules."
         This important and rare Cohuilatecan imprint is a very handsome example of borderlands printing. In 1830 Samuel Bangs (first printer in Texas and several Northern Mexican states—see The Handbook of Texas Online: Samuel Bangs) left his post at Saltillo as government printer for Coahuila y Tejas to travel to Texas to try to finalize his land grant. In his absence, official printing began to pile up, and printer González took charge of Bangs’ press and fonts. This is not a Bangs’ imprint, but his taste and technique can be clearly seen in its beauty. In Streeter’s introduction to the section of his Texas bibliography on Mexican imprints, he discusses the items most important for a Texas collection, pointing out the importance of the series of imprints of which this is part (p. 217): "Another interesting lot in this period is made up of the Nota Estadisticas, reporting to the Central Government on the events in the state, and the Memorias of state governors on the same subject." This imprint migrated from the Eberstadts to Jenkins to Sloan to Pingenot and back to Sloan. It is high time that some sophisticated collector or institution give this worthy imprint the refuge it deserves.
         Pingenot: When the Governor comments severely on the lack of regard for the laws of the state in the department of Bexar, he actually means Texas in general. Included are reports on public education, smallpox vaccination, agriculture (noting that this has been difficult in Bexar because of the hostile Indians), colonization, taxes, etc. A beautiful example of an early Northern Mexican imprint.