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In defence of the Chilean founding father Bernardo O'Higgins, printed in Lima

ASCENCIO, Juan [=José Joaquin de MORA].
Acusacion pronunciada ante el Tribunal de Jurados de Lima contra el "Alcance al Mercurio Peruano" publicado por D. Carlos Rodriguez, y denunciado por el Gran Maríscal del Peru D. Bernardo O'Higgins.
Lima, imprenta de Masias, 1833. 4to. 20th-century marbled boards.
€ 850
First and only edition of a defence of the former Supreme Director of Chile Bernardo O'Higgins (1778-1842) against the accusations presented in an article in a Peruvian newspaper. In this article in the Mercurio Peruano, published in Lima in 1833, Carlos Rodríguez (1782-1839) violently attacked O'Higgins, who immediately sued for libel. The Acusacion, an elaborate defence of O'Higgins and mostly a compilation of documents relating to his career during the Chilean War of Independence, was supposedly presented before the court in Lima, which sentenced Rodríguez to two months in prison and a fine of 150 pesos. The Acusacion did much for O'Higgins reputation in Peru, but led to negative reactions in Chile, where it was considered to be an overtly positive version of the events, even leading to a different publication countering O'Higgins's version of the events.
Dr. Don Juan Ascencio was probably a pseudonym of José Joaquin de Mora (1783-1806), a Spanish poet and writer who resided in Chile and Peru for several years.
Withstruck-through notes on the title-page and handwritten page numbering throughout. Binding worn along the extremities; a very good copy.
René-Moreno, Biblioteca Peruana 5; Sotomayor Valdés, Historia de Chile I, pp. 344-350; not in Sabin; for Mora: Figueroa, Diccionario biograìfico de estranjeros en Chile, p. 154.
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