(7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches). 32; 30pp. Contemporary ink notations and ink burn to titlepage, second work without separate title. Expertly bound to style in half calf over period marbled paper covered boards, flat spine divided into compartments by gilt rules, red morocco lettering piece in the second A vital work in the history of Louisiana, with the very first printing of the state's constitution. "The enabling act providing for calling a convention to frame a constitution for Louisiana was passed February 20, 1811, and this, the first constitution of Louisiana, was adopted on January 22, 1812. It is very rare" (Streeter). "Under this Constitution was admitted to the Union the first State to be carved out of the Louisiana Purchase with boundaries beginning at the mouth of the River Sabine and following largely those laid down for the Territory of Orleans east and west of the Mississippi, as adopted by 'the Representatives of the People of all that part of the Territory or country ceded under the name of the People of all that part of the Territory or country ceded under the name of Louisiana, by the Treaty made at Paris, on the 30th day of April 1803, between the United States and France.' The convention which met at New Orleans to draft this historic document concluded its labors January 22, 1812. Under its terms Louisiana was admitted to statehood April 30, 1812, doubtless something of a record" (Eberstadt). Both works were printed in New Orleans, the first by Joseph Bartholomew Baird; the second work, printed by Jean Baptiste Simon Thierry, is the French translation of the first. An important and quite rare collection of the founding constitution of the state of Louisiana. Jumonville 223, 224; Streeter Sale 1592; Eberstadt 166:64; Foote, p.49; Shaw & Shoemaker 25882, 25883. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Constitution or Form of Government of the ...
Publisher: Jo. Bar. Baird
Publication Date: 1812
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