Description[Broadside] Gaceta Del Gobierno Supremo Del Estado De Coahuila Y Tejas. [Leona Vicario or Monclova, 1833]. At end: Imprenta del gobierno del Estado á cargo del C. Sisto Gonzalez. Four-page folder, approximately 8" x 12.25". At the top of the sheet, a vignette of an eagle with a shield bearing19 stripes, and grasping eight arrows in one talon and an olive branch in other. Beneath this in large type: "GACETA del Gobierno Supremo del Estado de Coahuila y Tejas." Watermark: "Almasso."
A very rare leaflet for this early Texas newspaper, it bears an impressive engraved eagle at the head and information about the new twice-weekly periodical for potential subscribers below. At a cost of just "un peso cada mes, para la capital, y diez reales para afuera franco de porte [one peso each month, for the capital, and ten reals for outside carriage-free]," the reader would receive a new issue of Gaceta every Monday and Friday. The first issue was printed Friday, January 11, 1833, published at Leona Vicario or Monclova, and the newspaper continued publishing through 1835, although the printing schedule changed often. First issued twice a week, that soon changed to once a week with publication on Mondays. By March 1834, publication day was Wednesday. Numbering of the issues is also disjointed, with several small gaps.
The body of this tract cites the need for a new newspaper in the region, one that didn't just print interesting local news and entertaining articles about literature, culture, science, but one that would also keep its readers well informed of the latest official acts of the three branches of government. Though the Gaceta was well read, another government publication - the Diario del Gobierno - began publication at about the same time and challenged the Gaceta's popularity. Only two institutional copies of the Gaceta are known to exist, one in the Saltillo Archives and one the Texas State Library. Housed in a dark brown half-calf folder with marbled boards and gilt lettering. This copy bears faint dampstains along the extreme left-hand margin, but these do not affect the text or the overall fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.
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