• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 22

    SPAIN -- CONSTITUTION OF 1931. Typescript copy, 'Constitucion de la República Española 1931', signed by the president, Niceto Alcalá Zamora, and the 11 ministers of the 'primer gobierno provisional', 134 pages, 4to, number 46 of 50 copies on papier vélin for Roman Segui of Lima (Peru) 'quien recogio personalmente las firmas de los señores ministros', gilt edges, limp straight-grained red morocco gilt, red morocco box. Provenance: an accompanying typed list, dated Madrid, April 1933, gives the names of 27 recipients of copies, and notes that 'Los otros números están destinados al Presidente del Perú y otras personalidades de aquel país'.

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    SPAIN -- CONSTITUTION OF 1931. Typescript copy, 'Constitucion de la República Española 1931', signed by the president, Niceto Alcalá Zamora, and the 11 ministers of the 'primer gobierno provisional', 134 pages, 4to, number 46 of 50 copies on papier vélin for Roman Segui of Lima (Peru) 'quien recogio personalmente las firmas de los señores ministros', gilt edges, limp straight-grained red morocco gilt, red morocco box. Provenance: an accompanying typed list, dated Madrid, April 1933, gives the names of 27 recipients of copies, and notes that 'Los otros números están destinados al Presidente del Perú y otras personalidades de aquel país'.

    The Constitution of 1931, adopted on 9 December, instituted the Second Spanish Republic, which lasted, on paper at least, until 1939: it provided for universal suffrage and the separation of Church and State, controlling Church property and prohibiting the religious orders from their traditional role in education. The red-yellow-purple tricolour of the Second Republic is reproduced here in the page-marker.


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