Discurso preliminar del proyecto de Constitucion Politica de la Monarquia Española presentado a Las Cortes Generales y Extraordinarias por su Comision de Constitucion.

SPAIN, Constitution, 1812.

Published by Valladolid, En la Imprenta de Cermaño, (1812?)., 1812
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4°, disbound. Small hole in lower inner margin of final three leaves, touching a few letters of text, but never affecting legibility. Slight soiling to title page. Overall in good condition. 82 pp. *** The Spanish Constitution of 1812 is one of the critical documents in the constitutional history of the Western world. Acting as the first constituent Cortes in their country's history, 105 deputies (48 of whom were substitutes) framed a charter destined to serve long after as a cause and a banner for which men fought and died. The term "liberal" was added to the European political lexicon in order to describe the dominant faction in the Cortes, and the document produced was indeed liberal, even revolutionary.Many of the delegates to the Cortes were from the New World. The influence of this work on Latin American independence movements, as well as on political thought in Latin America to the present day, was of course profound. The influence of the Constitution can also be seen, however, in the Portuguese constitution of 1822, the Brazilian constitution of 1824, and in constitutions of Italy, Greece, and even France. It should also be noted that this was the first written constitution to apply to much of the territory presently part of the United States: Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.The present preliminary discussion of the 1812 Constitution is signed and dated in print at the end, on p. 82, Cádiz, 24 December 1811 by Diego Muñoz Torrero as President of the Commission, and by José de Espiga, Joaquin Fernandez de Leyva, Antonio Oliveros, Vicente Morales Duarez, Antonio Joaquin Perez, Agustin de Argüelles, Mariano Mendiola, Francisco de Sales Rodriguez de la Bárcena, Alonso Cañedo, Pedro Maria Ric, Andres Jáuregui, Francisco Gutierrez de la Huerta, and Evaristo Perez de Castro as Secretary to the Commission.There are two divisional titles. The first, on p. [37], reads: Continuacion de Proyecto de Constitucion Política de la Monarquía Española. Presentado á las Córtes Generales y Extraordinarias por su Comision de Constitucion. Contiéne la parte relativa á la Potestad Judicial. The second, on p. [63], reads: Continuacion y conclusion del Proyecto de Constitucion Politica de la Monarquía Esapñola [sic]. Presentado a las Cortes Generales y Extraordinarias por su Comision de Constitucion. Contiene la parte relativa al govierno interior de las provincias y de los pueblos . á la observancia de la Constitucion, y modo de proceder para hacer variaciones en ella. The initial part of the Discurso, which terminates on p. 35, is dated Cádiz, 17 August 1811. The first continuation is dated Cádiz, 6 November 1811 (p. 61). In all probability this Valladolid reprint of the original Cádiz 1811 edition appeared early in 1812. The final version of the constitution was promulgated in Cadiz, 19 March 1812.*** CCPBE locates a single copy, described as "sin ecuadernación, deteriorado," at the Fundación Universitaria Española-Madrid, and does not cite any other edition. No edition located in Rebiun. No edition located in KVK (44 databases searched). Copac repeats the Cadiz 1811 edition at British Library only. Bookseller Inventory # 37689

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Title: Discurso preliminar del proyecto de ...

Publisher: Valladolid, En la Imprenta de Cermaño, (1812?).

Publication Date: 1812

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