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El Alcázar. Primeros números editados durante el Asedio. No. 1 (26 July 1936) through 63 (27 September 1936) (all published).

A complete run in 63 issues of the rare and short-lived Spanish Civil War bulletin, printed during the Siege of Alcázar and distributed by the Museo Romero Ortiz, most issues from 1 to 4 pp., reporting on the news of the war at the Alcázar and throughout Spain, including radio dispatches, with a note addressed to journalists at the end with counts of things such as the number of bombs, air attacks, pieces of artillery, deaths, and other statistics. Not illustrated. Paper brittle and toned in places, some issues with substantial creasing along center of page from being folded, some issues with tears along old crease lines, a handful of early issues professionally repaired. Small folio. Leather with gilt-stamped title to front cover, original issues bound in, some wear and abrasions along extremities and spine. Toledo, 1936.

The siege of the Alcázar was an important Nationalist victory in Toledo in the opening stages of the Spanish Civil War. The Alcázar of Toledo was held by a variety of military forces in favor of the Nationalist uprising. Militias of the Popular Front began their siege on July 21, 1936, five days before the first issue of El Alcázar was printed. The siege ended on September 27 with the arrival of the Army of Africa under General Franco.
The final issue bears a note which reads, "La proximidad de nuestros hermanos y órdenes de la Superioridada, hacen que éste sea el último número que de este periodiquito se publica. No lleva información de ninguna clase - más que el grito de triunfo que superne el Viva España!"
This is followed by a memo from El Coronel Comandante Militar Moscardo, addressed to the people of Toledo. "Nuestras fuerzas las tenéis immediatas; es cuestión de minutos el que nos adueñemos de la población; habéis contemplado la derrota infringida a las mejores fuerzas al servicio de la anti-España. Quiero y deseo que todo termine con fraternidad patriótica, de vosotros depende si os constituís en custodios de las familias y de la población; si por el contrario, el crimen en las personas o cosas fuese el término de vuestra actuación, llegaríamos a ser inexorables en nuestra justicia. Refelxionar sobre esto, convenciendo y obligando a los que os aconsejen mal y contar con la buena disposición de esta trope, que al unirse a vosotros, no quieren sino PAZ, TRABAJO, JUSTICIA y UNA ESPAÑA completamente española."
Incredibly scarce; as of April 2021, we only find one holding of this journal in the US.

Book ID: 51289

Price: $12,500.00