DescriptionConstitution of the State of West Texas. [Austin, 1868]. First edition. Twelvemo. 35 pages and a page of errata. Original printed wrappers.
The work is a fully developed constitution for the proposed new commonwealth, carefully defining the boundaries of the State of West Texas. It was prepared by a convention authorized by a resolution of the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1868 which appointed commissioners to present to the federal Congress a request for the division of Texas into two or more states. The proposed capital of West Texas was to be San Antonio.
Condition: Light staining along the edge of the spine on the front wrapper, else fine. Offered in a custom blue cloth chemise with a red morocco spine label titled in gilt.
References: Graff, Fifty Texas Rarities 43: "An interesting sidelight in Texas history." Library of Congress Exhibition 176: "An attempt to divide Texas." Kuhlmann, p. 77: "In the long Reconstruction Convention of 1868-1869, the question of dividing the state of Texas was raised."
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