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    1823 Texas Broadside- The First Document Calling for a Republican Form of Government in Texas- the Only Copy Known in Private Hands! One of the "Black Tulips" of Texana. One of the First Six Items Printed in Texas.

    Governor of Texas, Jose Felix Trespalacios. A LOS FILANTROPICOS SIN AMBICION. NOTICIA DE LO ACAECIDO EN BEXAR, EL DIA 15 DE ABRIL, DE 1823. [To Public Minded Citizens of Good Will. An Account of a Meeting in San Antonio de Bexar, the 15th of April, 1823].

    Printed in San Antonio, Texas: George Asbridge, printer, April 18, 1823. Folio broadside with ornamental lettering and decorations, three columns, several small wormholes and splits at folds, generally very good condition.

    This broadside, calling for the first Republican form of Government in Texas, is listed as imprint number six in Thomas W. Streeter's Bibliography of Texas (which lists every known item printed in Texas) (see Lot 1062). It is so rare that Streeter never saw a copy to include in the first edition of his bibliography (which he listed as a "ghost" imprint, deducing its existence from a reference in a letter in the Bexar Archives at the University of Texas). When Archibald Hanna revised and updated Streeter's Bibliography of Texas in 1983, he found the only existing copy of the broadside at the Bancroft Library at the University of California in Berkeley. THIS IS THE FIRST KNOWN COPY EVER TO APPEAR ON THE MARKET. Its rarity is such that no private or public collection in Texas has one.

    The broadside begins: ‘The Senor Don Jose Felix Trespalacios, Governor of Texas, after having convened an illustrious town council, [including] the military, the clergy, and a great number of distinguished citizens and people, in the Town Hall of this City, proposes, in consideration of the critical circumstances in which the Mexican Empire finds itself, two plans: one for the organization of the Federal Republic, and the other for the Abolition of Cruel Warfare in America

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