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El Modelo de los Cristianos presentado a los Insurgentes de América...

y una introduccion necesarísima para desengaño de muchos en las actuales circunstancias, en la qual se funda el derecho de la soberania propria del Sr. D. Fernando VII...; [Together with] El Modelo de los Cristianos; Jesus en el Calvario y maria su Madre mirandole.

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Published: Mexico en la oficina de Ontiveros, 1814

Stock Code: 117515

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First edition of this political tract, published in the years preceding the Mexican War of Independence, in an unusually excellent and richly decorated Mexican binding. Fernandez de San Salvador (1756-1842), was a writer and lawyer devotedly loyal to the Old Regime and the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII. The first of these two works, El Modelo de Los Cristianos presentado a los Insurgentes de América, warns its readers against revolutionaries, both those in support of Napoleon, and those in support of total independence from Europe. From 1808 to 1813 Spain, and therefore Mexico, had been under Napoleonic rule. Ferdinand VII was reinstated as King on 11 December 1813, however the power of the monarchy had been greatly diminished. This work therefore warns against the calls emerging in the light of this turbulence for total independence from Europe; which included calls made by San Salvador's own niece, Leona Vicario. Vicario, an orphan, who is often described as "the great heroine of Mexican Independence", was under the guardianship of San Salvador when she began her crucial involvement in the independence movement. This rift in their political ideals did not, however, appear to cause great conflict between the two, despite Vicario being imprisoned in March 1813. Vicario soon escaped and joined the rebel army, marring a fellow insurgent, Andrés Quintana Roo, who was coincidentally San Salvador's former law clerk. The second work is a religious treaty which promotes traditional Catholic devotion during times of discord. It includes a subscribers list, which details the distribution of the 800 copies published, and suggests that just 12 copies were bound thus.

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2 works bound in 1, small square octavo (172 x 113 mm). Publisher's Mexican marbled sheep, flat spine gilt ruled and decorated with gilt fleurons, gilt roll tool border on sides enclosing a broad gilt roll tool panel consisting of pomegranates, foliage and flowers, yellow edges, marbled endpapers.


Minor wear to extremities; a lovely copy, wide-margined and crisp.


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