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Pingenot Auction, Lot 302


302. TEXAS. CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. Constitution of the State of West Texas. [Austin: ca. 1868]. 35 [1] pp. 8vo, original printed wrappers. Very fine, bright copy. Preserved in a custom half calf and cloth folding case.
         First edition. Fifty Texas Rarities 43. Graff 4108. Howes T117. Library of Congress. Texas Centennial Exhibition 176. Kuhlman, p. 77. Pingenot: The result of an attempt to divide Texas during Reconstruction, this famous constitution for the proposed state carefully defines the West Texas boundaries, with the capital set at San Antonio. It was prepared by a convention of Federal sympathizers in 1868 who felt that ex-Confederate Texans would never accept Negro rights and the rest of the Reconstruction programs. Although there is no imprint, the piece was probably printed at Austin, where the Convention was in progress.