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CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
San Francisco: Printed at the Office of the Alta California, 1849.. 16pp. Gathered signatures, string-tied as issued, lacking original wrappers. Light foxing and tanning. Good, untrimmed. In a half morocco and cloth slipcase. This copy bears a contemporary manuscript note at the top of the titlepage: "Printed by Theo Messerve." Theodore Messerve made his way around the Horn to California in the first half of 1849. His journal of his trip was published in installments in the OVERLAND MONTHLY in the final six months of 1914. The rare first separate printing of California's first constitution. "The first appearance of the Constitution in book form and one of the earliest works printed in San Francisco" - Cowan. Section 18 of Article I (the "Declaration of Rights") bans slavery. "The text was a model of advanced, liberal, and democratic social and political thought" - Howell. California became a state in 1850. This copy does not contain the final signature of leaves issued with some copies, which comprise a three-page "Address to the People of California." The Eberstadts describe these last three pages as lacking from most copies, and it appears that many copies of the constitution were distributed before the "Address" had been printed. The text of the constitution is complete. One of the most important and difficult to obtain state constitutions. COWAN, p.140. SABIN 9998. WAGNER CALIFORNIA IMPRINTS 37. GREENWOOD 124. FAHEY 127. STREETER SALE 2553. EBERSTADT 112:63a. HOWELL 50:46. GRAFF 539. JONES 245. LIBROS CALIFORNIANOS (WAGNER & BLISS LISTS). AII (CALIFORNIA) 89.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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