Washington DC: Printed by Ritchie & Heiss, 1845. First Edition. 8vo. 893 pp. + 1 blank f. COMPLETE with the folding engraved map of Kearny's 1845 Expedition through the Black Hills and 6 folding tables. Stitched as issued. Uncut copy, with pp. 601-893 unopened. Stained, wear along edges, folding tables loose. One leaf (pp. 105/6) hastily opened with loss of the page numbers and several words of the Bill of Rights, Art. 1, Sect. 1 and 9-11); centers of pp. 213-220 cut binder's blade with loss (mostly on p. 219/220); some soiling elsewhere. Preserved in a folding protective case. Item #3389
UNCUT AND LARGELY UNOPENED copy of the FIRST Federal printing of the Constitution of the State of Texas: dated Dec. 2, 1845, it preceeds the Senate version by one day, for which see the digitized volume at UNT, which is clearly dated "Dec. 3, 1845."
Streeter no. 1613, which is dated "Dec. 9, 1845," has wrongly been described as "the first Federal government printing of the Texas Constitution." That would be an impossibility because that document is 29th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives Executive Document No. 16. Ours is as above, but is Document No. 2 (sic!)
Matters concerning Texas appear on pp. 3-137. "The President announces that Texas has complied with all the terms of the joint resolution on annexation and asks for early action admitting Texas to the Union. Contained is the Constitution of Texas, and the first printing of the 1845 Joint U.S. Resolution for Admitting Texas to the Union. Includes a complete report of the state of the US Army immediately prior to the Mexican-American War with a map and 6 fold-out charts. Also contains reports associated with the settling of the Oregon boundary with Great Britain. It also contains Kearney's "Report of a Summer Campaign to the Rocky Mountains," and the journals of Lieutenants Turner and Franklin on that expedition.
Streeter (no. 1623) calls for a map and seven folding tables; our copy contains a map and six folding tables; presumably one is lacking. Nonethless, it is what we would call MUSEUM QUALITY as it has never been sophisticated in any way, and is suitable for exhibition.
It is also bibliographically interesting, as it contains a curious gathering "14" which in our copy may have been unintentionally preserved by the printer. It is signed "14" (4 leaves), "14B" (2 leaves), and "14C" (2 leaves). Pages 213-220 are quite clearly cancelled by a binder's blade but these were never replaced. Curiously, these pages concern the establishment of MARTIAL LAW in the "Indian Country."
Of the present edition we have seen only one other copy on the market, namely the truly ugly copy in library buckram that sold at Cowans last year ($625) which had six folding tables and lacked the map entirely.
CATALOGUER'S NOTE: Incredibly, the digitization of the UNT volume does NOT reproduce the Constitution of the State of Texas, save the first 1/2 page of the Bill of Rights (SOURCE: "From Republic to State: Debates and Documents Relating to the Annexation of Texas, 1836-1856").