French-Language Account of Louisiana's 1845 Constitutional Convention [Louisiana]. [Constitution of 1845]. Foullouze (Foulhouze), James, Reporter. Rapports Officiels Des Devats [sic] de la Convention la Louisiane. New Orleans: J. Bayon, Imprimeur de la Convention, 1845. [i], 460, 11 pp. Text in parallel columns. Octavo (9-1/2 x 6-1/4). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and paper location label to spine, endleaves added. Some soiling and light shelfwear, some chipping to edges of lettering pieces. Light browning and foxing to text, early (?) mark sin pencil to a few passages, lower corners lacking from a few leaves with no loss to text, library stamp to title page, "8049" in early hand to its verso. $1,850. * Only edition. Louisiana's first constitution was adopted in 1812, its second in 1845. More liberal than its predecessor, it expanded white male suffrage, established public schools and granted the right of appeal to felons sentenced to death or hard labor. The final 11 pages contain a French translation of the 1845 Constitution. Also issued in English, Foullouze's report is not to be confused with the Official Reports of Debates (1844), a different account by an anonymous author. The French edition of Foullouze's report is scarce, the English edition in rare. Jumonville, Bibliography of New Orleans Imprints 1390. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 150.
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