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AUCTION 19

Three Issues of the First Wyoming Constitution
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First Constitution in the World to Grant Women’s Suffrage

241. WYOMING. CONSTITUTION. 3 issues of the first Wyoming constitution, together forming an interesting printing sequence of the first edition:

(1) Constitution of the Proposed State of Wyoming Adopted in Convention at Cheyenne , Wyoming . September 30, 1889 . Cheyenne : Cheyenne Leader Printing Co., 1889. 60, [2] pp. 8vo (21.6 cm tall), stapled as issued.  Except for small crimp in top area, very fine.

     First edition, first issue, with the “Attest” incorrectly printed following p. 60. This printing is on newsprint, has no wrappers, and was probably intended for cheap, mass distribution. Eberstadt, American Constitutions 166:193.  Streeter 2257.  Not in Adams (Herd 2594), who lists only the third issue; see (3) below. Not in AII ( Wyoming ) or Stopka.  Article VI grants to both men and women equal rights “to enjoy all civil, political and religious rights and privileges.”  On November 5, 1889 , Wyoming voters approved this constitution, the first in the world to grant full women’s suffrage.   Wyoming is known as “The Equality State .”  Section 1 of Article XIX provides for state laws to protect against stock diseases such as Texas fever.  Other provisions of note include irrigation and water rights, mines and mining, public lands, railroads, etc.

(2) Constitution of the Proposed State of Wyoming Adopted in Convention at Cheyenne , Wyoming . September 30, 1889 . Cheyenne : Cheyenne Leader Printing Co., 1889. 60, [2] pp. 8vo (21.3 cm), original yellow printed wrappers, stapled as issued.  Upper wrapper chipped and with small tears not costing any text, lower wrapper moderately stained, pp. 5-6 missing text where a 2.8 x 10.5 cm piece has been excised, last few leaves stained at lower blank margin, contemporary ink note on p. 15, and paper cancel slip on p. 25.

     First edition, second issue, with the “Attest” also incorrectly printed following p. 60. It is from the same setting of type as the above issue, but printed on calendered paper.  Eberstadt, American Constitutions 166:192.  AII ( Wyoming) 152. Stopka 1889.17.

(3) Constitution of the Proposed State of Wyoming Adopted in Convention at Cheyenne , Wyoming . September 30, 1889 . Cheyenne : Cheyenne Leader Printing Co., 1889. 60 pp. 8vo (21.3 cm), original yellow printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Wrappers moderately stained along spine and slightly dusty, otherwise fine.

     First edition, third issue, with the “Attest” printed on p. 56 in its proper place, and again printed on calendered paper. Other than moving the “Attest,” this issue is from the same setting of type as (2) preceding.  Adams , Herd 2594: “Rare.... Has a section on stock raising.” Eberstadt, American Constitutions 166:191.  Streeter 2258.  3 vols.  ($600-1,200)

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