Guanajuato: Impresos por Felix Conejo, 1851. 196,-204,,-219; 186; 200; 99pp. Four volumes in one. Small quarto. Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt with leather label. Extremities lightly rubbed, boards lightly scuffed; older paper label on spine. Internally clean. Very good. Item #1801
Extremely scarce printings of decrees by the Guanajuato state legislature passed prior to the Texas Revolution and during the Mexican-American War and its aftermath. The mandates in each separately issued work present here were compiled and published by Guanajuato printer Felix Conejo in 1851. Interestingly, there is only one group of decrees here for the period of 1836 to the beginning of 1847, during which time the original 1824 constitution was essentially superseded by amendments adopted by the national Congress and the states of Mexico became "departments."
Overall, these works provide an important record of the function of this state in central Mexico during two highly significant periods in the history of the country, as well as in the history of the United States and in the relationship between the two nations. In particular, they are valuable for their documentation of the Mexican-American War at the state level in Mexico, and print numerous decrees and orders relating to diplomatic and military engagement with the United States. They also form a detailed record of the state's political organization and operation, with orders pertaining to budgets, tariffs, elections, legislative sessions, and many other internal matters. Rare, we locate copies of each imprint only at the University of Arizona Law Library.