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No. 31. Decretos de la Asamblea Constituyente del Estado de los Altos.
[Guatemala], Imprenta del Estado de los Altos, Issued at Quezaltenango, May 31, 1839. - 4°, stitched. Caption title. Creased and lightly browned. In good condition. (4 ll., paginated 96-102). *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. Rare example of early printing from Quetzaltenango. The decree establishes a source of income so that the executive can run the government while the Asamblea Constituyente is on hiatus. The projected expenses of the government are set out in great detail on pp. 97-100.The decree is signed in print by José Antonio Aguilar and Marcelo Molina, two of the triumvirate (the third was José M. Gálvez) who governed Los Altos during its brief stint as an independent country.This is one of the earliest imprints from Quetzaltenango. In OCLC, the earliest Quetzaltenango imprints all date to 1839 (a series of other decrees, plus the periodical El Popular and a decree by Carlos Salazar). Valenzuela does not list this work, and only lists four others printed at Imprenta del Estado de los Altos in 1839: an anonymous poem, a decree by Carlos Salazar, a plan issued by the executive, and Discurso sobre los deberes y educación de la juventud (translated from English).The Mayan city Xelajú was perhaps 300 years old when the Spanish conquistador Alvarado arrived. The city's name in colonial times was Quetzaltenango, the Nahuatl name used by Alvarado's Indian allies. Quetzaltenango was capital of the state of Los Altos, one of the component provinces of the Federal Republic of Central America, which declared on May 31, 1838, that its component states were free to create their own republics. The independence of Los Altos, declared that year, was short-lived. On April 2, 1840, Rafael Carrera conquered Quetzaltenango, shot its liberal officials and incorporated Quetzaltenango and most of Los Altos into Guatemala.*** Not located in Valenzuela, Bibliografía Guatemalteca; for other works printed in 1839 at Imprenta del Estado de los Altos, see IV, nos. 270, 294, 297, 306. Not located in CCPBE. Not located in Rebiun. Not located in Copac. Not located in KVK (44 databases searched). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
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