Argentina's First, Short-Lived, Constitution of 1819 [Argentina]. [Funes, Gregorio (1749-1829)]. Constitucion de las Provincias Unidas en Sud-America, Sancionada y Mandada Publicar por el Soberano Congreso General Constituyente en 22 de Abril de 1819. Buenos Aires: Imprenta de la Independencia, 1819. 71 pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Nineteenth-century limp vellum, early printed bookseller catalogue description pasted to front cover. Light soiling, a few minor inkstains, covers somewhat bowed. Woodcut arms of Argentina to title page. Negligible toning to text, light soiling and faint early owner signature to title page. A well-preserved copy. $1,000. * First edition, one of two issues from 1819. The United Provinces of South America (or United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata), which included parts of present-day Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay as well as the Falkland Islands, was the predecessor state of Argentina during its war of independence from Spain (1810-1818). Mostly the work of Funes, its first constitution was issued in 1819. It was rejected by most of the rural provinces because it established a strong central government. This led to a civil war that was settled by rescinding this constitution. Some issues have an additional four-page manifesto indicting Spanish cruelty. OCLC locates 2 copies in North American Law Libraries (Library of Congress, Harvard). Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 16059. Palau, Manual del Librero Hispano-Americano 59765.
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