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The Mexican Navy Gets Ready

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[MEXICAN NAVY]. PAREDES Y ARRILLAGA, Mariano. Ministerio de Guerra y Marina. Seccion 3a [caption title]. [Mexico City, 1846]. Dated in type April 4, 1846. [3] [1, blank] pp. Folio (32.5 x 22 cm), folded sheet. Slightly wrinkled, right margins lightly chipped, but overall fine. With Tornel’s paraf and a contemporary manuscript ink note in upper margin stating it was published on April 18. Rare. Only one copy on OCLC.

First edition. Eberstadt 435.

An important order concerning the strength and disposition of Mexican naval forces of the north and south, the latter being on the Sea of Cortes and in San Diego. A command and administrative structure is also set up, the latter being described under “Cuerpo Politico” (pp. 2-3) and serving as a classic example of the ponderous weight of the Mexican government on military operations. A table of “Dotaciones” gives details on each ship involved (where stationed, name, crew, etc.). “An important source for the history of naval operations during the war” (Harper 12:217).

At this point, war was an obvious possibility, although with these forces, which consisted mostly of smaller vessels, the Mexican navy was no match for its opponents.


Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $367.50.

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