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    One of the earliest of Texas imprints

    Junta Gubernativa de la Provincia de Texas [Circular] Announcing the arrival of Lt. Colonel Don Luciano García and his assumption of the office of governor. With heading: "Junta Gubernativa de la Provincia de Texas." At end: "Dios y Libertad. Bexar 8 de Julio de 1823." 4-page 12mo folder, printed on p. [1]. Signed in full by "Baron de Bastrop vice presidente" and "Jose Antonio Saucedo secret.o".

    The first printing in Mexican Texas was briefly at Galveston in 1817 by Samuel Bangs and then the first issue of the Texas Republican at Nacogdoches in 1819. After this there is no record of printing in Texas until 1823, when a press was in operation at San Antonio de Bexar for a few months. In August, 1822, Jose Felix Trespalacios took over as Governor of Texas. He ordered his aide, then the young Juan Nepomuceno Almonte, the author of Nota Estadistica sobre Tejas in 1835, to go to the United States and buy various articles, including a printing press. This press arrived in February, 1823 along with a printer from New York named George Asbridge. Only six items, each in small quantities, are known to have been printed on this press - two in April, two in June and two in July, 1823 (Streeter Texas, 3 through 8). Trespalacios resigned as Governor in April, 1823 and as shown by the circular presented here, Luciano Garcia was installed as Governor on July 8. On July 9 Garcia wrote to Felipe de la Garza, the new Commandant General at Monterrey, that the press would be forwarded to him at Monterrey as soon as transportation became available. The press was finally shipped on July 17 by pack mule "in seven loads, well packed and wrapped by Adbrig [Asbridge], the printer." The circular printed here represents the last item printed on this press at San Antonio de Bexar. Printing in Texas did not take place again until 1829. In very fine condition and housed in a quarter Morocco slipcase with gilt lettering along the spine: "Circular announcing the arrival of Col. Garcia."

    Reference: Streeter 7, "The circular refers to a communication of Garza, the new commandant general at Monterrey, dated June 16, enclosing a decree of Congress of May 30 dissolving the various junta gubernativas of the Internal Provinces and announcing the interim appointment of García as governor."

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