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Pingenot Auction, Lot 324

324. ZÚÑIGA, Anselmo, et al. Contestación que a las especies vertidas por D. Manuel María Gándara en un empreso titulado: Esposición al Supremo Gobierno.... Mexico: Ignacio Cumplido, 1848. 118 pp. 8vo, original pale blue ornamental wrappers, sewn. Fragile wraps lightly chipped and worn and a few light stains.
         First edition of an unusual source on the Yaqui tribe and the borderlands. Bancroft, North Mexican States & Texas II:656-661. Palau 381560. Pingenot: Gandara (1801-1878), first governor of Sonora and self-proclaimed comandante of state troops, had switched from being a Federalist to a Centralist, and had initiated a counterrevolution against General Jose Urrea, the federalist military commander who supported Santa Anna. Although Sonora had suffered for years from marauding Indians, Gándara roused the Yaqui and other semibarbaric tribes to sustain his cause. Rich and influential, Gándara made a plausible defense of his policy in his Esposición. This work, penned by his opponents, deflates the governor’s arguments and exposes him in the light of truth. A rare work documenting activities of this singular figure in Sonora’s history.