[Confederate Imprints]. Constitution of the Confederate States of America. Adopted unanimously by the Congress of the Confederate States of America, March 11, 1861. Richmond: Wyatt M. Elliott, Printer. 1861. Early Virginia edition, following a proof copy of sixteen leaves printed on rectos only, and roughly concurrent with a seventeen-page issue with no textual differences, according to The Boston Athenaeum, and another Richmond edition by J. E. Goode. Octavo (9 x 5.625 inches; 229 x 144 mm.). 16 pages. Publisher's side-stitched threaded binding, in original light brownish-pink printed wrappers, glued to text block. Wrappers lightly soiled, with some minor marginal staining; light creasing to corners; spine splitting. Text block lightly worn but pages still supple; some marginal soiling, with slightly larger stains to terminal leaves. Softly creased from vertical fold. Very good. Uncommon on the market, with the last known auction record of a Virginia edition being in 1981 (Wyatt, seventeen-page issue). Roughly a dozen institutional holdings for the Wyatt edition, most being the seventeen-page issue, this issue held in The Boston Athenaeum, The Huntington and The New-York Historical Society, among others; a variety of wrapper states recorded, including yellow (Huntington) and green (Boston Athenaeum). Parrish & Willingham, 16; Crandell, 10 (both seventeen-page issue).

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