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Coleccion de decretos y ordenes del Estado Libre de Oajaca, 1829.

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Very early and rare printing of the founding documents of Oaxaca, printed in Oaxaca


Coleccion de decretos y ordenes del Estado Libre de Oajaca.

Oaxaca, Imprenta dirigida por Lorenzo Aldeco, 1829.

16°. [2], XIV + 3-361 pp.

Contemporary calf.


First and only edition of the earliest published compilation of the laws, decrees, and orders of Oaxaca from 1823-1825. Although it says "Tomo primero" on the title, this was all that was published (see Clagett; Sabin).

After the liberation of Mexico, the first Provisional Congress of the State of Oaxaca (then Oajaca) was installed on July 6, 1823, and its first State Constitution was adopted January 10, 1825. It was first printed in 1825 in Mexico City, a reprint of this text appeared in 1850 in Oaxaca. Thus, the present collection contains the first printing of the Constitution of Oaxaca that was printed in Oaxaca. An excellent inspiring prefatory statement to the citizens of the state precedes the text of the Constitution and is also included in the present collection. The first constitution remained in force until a new Federal Constitution appeared in 1857.

The other founding laws, decrees, and orders of Oaxaca were issued in compiled form for the first time in the book that we offer here, "the earliest compilation of which we have information being that published in 1829" (see Clagett), making this truly the most important political work printed in Oaxaca. The contents were edited and expanded for this publication: "the useless orders have been suppressed, the repealed decrees, the signatures of those and of these, and finally the preliminary speech of the constitution" (title page verso).


Condition: Binding rubbed and slightly worn. Stamp of former owner on free endpaper. Worm hole from page 255 to the end with loss of text (see photo). Some pages slightly browned, otherwise contents in very good, clean condition.

Reference: Sabin 56397 (vol. 1 only).

Copies consulted: Harvard; San Diego; Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú Oaxaca.


Additions Made to the Library of Congress, Since the First Day of November 1853, p. 253: “vol. 1 only”.

Helen Lord Clagett, A Guide to the Law and Legal Literature of the Mexican States, Library of Congress, 1947, pp. 101-110, note 89: “vol. 1 (No more published?)”.

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