Reglamento para las Audiencias Publicas | Tlatecpanaliztli itech pani Tlacaquiliztli [caption title in Spanish and Nahuatl]. Maximilian I.

Reglamento para las Audiencias Publicas | Tlatecpanaliztli itech pani Tlacaquiliztli [caption title in Spanish and Nahuatl]

Mexico City: 1866. 13pp. Folio. Original plain wrappers, stitched as issued. Wraps split along lower half of spine. Previously folded, with light wear and minor creasing. Contemporary pencil ownership inscription Light tanning and scattered foxing. Good plus. Item #927

A rare bilingual imprint in Spanish and Nahuatl that publishes the text of several decrees by the Emperor Maximilian I from 1864 to 1866. The proclamations address a number of policies clearly aimed at increasing support for the Emperor amongst the poor and native populations, such as the establishment of primary education, the abolition of feudal peonage, the limitation of child labor, the ban of corporal punishment for laborers, and the reinstitution of common ownership of land. Many of these policies that sought to ameliorate working conditions and life for the poor led him to lose favor amongst the wealthy, conservative Mexican class. Without their support, or the assistance of the French and other European governments, Maximilian was inevitably defeated by Republican forces and Benito Juarez, the exiled Mexican President.

This copy bears the ownership inscription of Julius A. Skilton, a prominent American supporter of Juarez, who accompanied the president upon his return to Mexico from New Orleans after the defeat of Maximilian's forces, and who was later appointed the United States Consul General in Mexico. Skilton was a surgeon during the Civil War, and Juarez asked that he examine the body of Maximilian before it was returned to Austria. A rare work with a fascinating association; OCLC locates only four copies, at BYU, Wisconsin, the Smithsonian, and Berkeley.

Price: $2,500.00