9 June 2004
[PROVINCIAS UNIDAS DEL RIO DE LA PLATA -- CONSTITUTION]. Reglamento provisorio sancionada por el Soberano Congreso de Las Provincias-Unidas de Sud America. Para la dirrecion y administracion del estado, Mandado observar entre tanto se publica la Constitucion. Buenos Aires: Imprenta de la Independencia, 1817.
2o (297 x 210mm). 36pp. Title with oval woodcut emblem of the "Provincias Unidas del Rio de la Plata 1813." (Small ink stamp of earl owner on title, last six leaves with wormhole at inner margin.) CONTEMPORARY WRAPPERS OF COLOR-PRINTED WALLPAPER (two broad bands of acorn and leaf design on a reddish brown ground), uncut, bound at a later date in half mottled calf and marbled boards, with original wrappers enclosed (spine slightly rubbed).
A thorough Constitution for the United Provinces, in eight sections, establishing rules for citizenship, spelling out the respective powers of the legislature, executive and judiciary, governing elections to public office, electoral assemblies, national militia and marine. Section VII, Chapter I is a bill of rights in 14 points, providing for due process, the right to bear arms, etc.; Chapter II states guarantees of the freedom of the press (based on a Decree of 26 October 1811). The text is signed in type at end by President Pedro Leon Gallo, with a notice that it supercedes all previous laws and statutes.
Not in Palau; A. Zinny, Bibliographia Historica de las Provincias Unidas del Rio de la Plate desde el Ano 1870 hasta el de 1821, no. 27 1817. A FINE COPY.
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