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[TEXAS]. Bases y Leyes Constitucionales de la Republica Mexicana, Decretadas por el Congreso General de la Nacion en el ano de 1836. Mexico: Aguila, 1837.
[TEXAS]. Bases y Leyes Constitucionales de la Republica Mexicana, Decretadas por el Congreso General de la Nacion en el ano de 1836. Mexico: Aguila, 1837.

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[TEXAS]. Bases y Leyes Constitucionales de la Republica Mexicana, Decretadas por el Congreso General de la Nacion en el ano de 1836. Mexico: Aguila, 1837.

12o (138 x 94 mm). 127 pages. (A few minor marginal stains on title and first text leaf.) Contemporary Mexican tree sheep, gold-tooled borders, front cover with central diamond-shaped morocco lettering piece, lettered in gilt and with initials "C S." Provenance: binding; Alfredo Diaz Valadez (inkstamp on title); Thomas W. Streeter (bookplate; his sale part I, Parke-Bernet, 26 October 1966, lot 238).

FIRST EDITION, adopted the year of Texas independence. The constitution abolished Mexico's federal constitution of 1824 and gave virtually unlimited power to Santa Anna, though several of its laws were aimed at checking his dictatorial powers. It also divided Texas from Coahuila and, through numerous laws and decrees, it severely limited the rights of the Texian colonists. Texians and Tejanos were not the only ones whose previously-held rights had been stripped away: the Mexicans also felt this new constitution was restrictive and unfair. Arguments on all sides about the merits of the constitution led directly to the Texas Revolution. The constitution was based on several fundamental laws and was popularly known as the "Siete Leyes." Bancroft, Mexico V:144-146; Sabin 48303. Streeter sale I:238 (this copy). RARE.

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