Description[Mariano Arista]. Memoria del Secretario de Estado y del Despacho, de Guerra y Marina, Leida en la Camara de Diputados el 26, y en la de Senadores el 28 de Enero de 1850. Mexico: Tipografia de Vicente Garcia Torres, 1850. First edition. 4to. 35pp. Twenty-six tables, some folding, bound in back. Spanish text. Later blue calf with titles and decoration stamped in gilt. Portion of trimmed original front wrap mounted and inserted in front. Former owner's small bookplate on the front pastedown. Contents with light toning to pages. A very good copy. Sutro Library duplicate with a few small ink stamps scattered throughout. Jenkins catalog citation affixed to lower portion of the front free endpaper.
Arista dwells at length on the strengths of the United States and the common problems with hostile Indians along the U.S.-Mexico borders. A rare, comprehensive report on military affairs during a period in Mexico of internecine strife and agitation for reform. Would make a great companion to the contemporary report by foreign minister José Maria Lacunza also offered in this auction.
References: Not in Sabin. Unknown to Palau, although he locates the 1849 and 1851 issues. Cited in Bancroft, History of Mexico, V, 578n.
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