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A Vigorous Defense of Santa-Anna


[SANTA-ANNA, ANTONIO LÓPEZ DE]. VIDAL Y RIVAS, Luis G. de. Biografia del general Antonio Lopez de Santa-Anna. Caracas: Imprenta de “El Independiente,” 1862 [wrapper title]. [1-5] 6-36 pp. 8vo (23.5 x 15 cm), original pale green printed wrappers, ornamental borders, stitched. Chips, voids, and wrinkling to wrappers with loss of a few letters, last two leaves wrinkled and stained, small water stain in upper margin. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of Fred L. Miller U.S.N. St. Thomas Oct. 30, 1864, on upper wrapper with title altered to make it appear a presentation copy. Small ink stamp and pencil call number on upper wrap, with Essex Institute blindstamp on half title. Very rare. Only two copies on OCLC and none at auction.

First edition? An edition also appeared the same year at Cartagena, but the location of the only reported copy is unknown.

Written in defense of Santa-Anna because, “Enemigos bastardos cuanto gratuitos, han usado constantemente de reprobados medios para perderle en la opinion, desfigurando sus acciones nobles.” Exculpatory biography of the exiled Mexican general and statesman by a fellow Mexican exile in Cuba. Includes accounts of the Texas Revolution, the Battle of San Jacinto, and the Mexican-American War. Basically the author argues that Santa-Anna could do no wrong and all his problems arose from events beyond his control or the actions of others.


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