[MEXICO CITY]. LOMBARDINI, Manuel María. Manuel Maria Lombardini, General de Brigada del ejercito Mexicano y en gefe del de Oriente. [Mexico City, 1847]. Dated in type July 19, 1847. Broadside: 32.5 x 22 cm. Small piece of lower left corner wanting, overall light age toning. Contemporary ink notation at top, “Defensa de la Capital prevenciones.”
First edition. Eberstadt 339. Harper 12:340.
One of the most dramatic Mexican broadsides of the war. Lombardini, commander of Mexico City under martial law, instructs the populace on procedures to be followed when U.S. forces approach the capital: “A cannon shot in the Plaza de Armas will announce the arrival of the enemy and at the same time all the [military] bands and musical instruments in the city will begin to play.... Everyone must stay inside except the sellers of fuel and provisions.... All businesses will be closed except those selling provisions.... No coaches will be allowed on the streets nor will gatherings of people in the streets, plazas, gates or other places be permitted, except those belonging to the army, defender of this capital” (Eberstadt).
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