Rare Anonymous 1820 Mexican Pamphlet Advocating Freedom of the Press [Censorship]. [N., Pseudonym]. La Verdad Aunque Amargue, Es Muchas Veces el Objeto Precioso de la Libertad de Imprenta. [Running Title]. Mexico City: S.n., October 28, 1820. 8 pp. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6-1/4"). Unbound sheets, as issued. Minor smudges and some light staining, otherwise fine. $500. * First printing of a pamphlet defending the imprisoned liberal pamphleteer Rafael Davila. Freedom of the press was granted under the Constitution of 1812. Repudiated by Ferdinand VII in 1814, but eventually revived after the revolt of Rafael del Riego y Nunez in 1820. Richard H. Dillon notes Davila's importance and observes: "Pamphlets constitute the major source of fresh new material on nineteenth-century and earlier Mexico.... [O]ne can find no surer guide to the troublous times of eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Mexico than these booklets. Written in the heat of argument, of battle, of revolution, they bring to life a time and place removed from us by hundreds of miles and years.": The Hispanic American Historical Review 45, No. 2 (May 1965), 270-271. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 98934. Palau, Manual del Librero Hispano-Americano 359296.
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