Mexico City: En la Imprenta de D. Celestino de la Torre, 1821. 23,pp. Dbd. Small quarto. Minor marginal staining at edges. Scattered light foxing. Very good plus. Item #2236
A scarce one-act play by Francisco Luis Ortega, written in celebration of Mexico's independence from Spain and dedicated to Iturbide. In this verse melodrama, the allegorical character list includes Libertad, Despotismo, Discordia, and Fanatismo, accompanied by a Chorus of the Mexican people; Athena, Mercury, and Mars also make appearances. The work itself is an expression of joy and relief at the conclusion of the War of Independence, as well as of hope and longing for a prosperous, peaceful future. The play premiered in El Coliseo de México on October 27, 1821, with music by José Maria Bustamante. Ortega is often ranked as one of the most important playwrights in Mexico during the early-19th century. Rare, we locate copies only at Yale and the British Library.