Book #79140
Item #79140 The Constitution; Together with the Session Laws of Oregon, 1860. Oregon.
The Constitution; Together with the Session Laws of Oregon, 1860.
The Constitution; Together with the Session Laws of Oregon, 1860.
The Constitution; Together with the Session Laws of Oregon, 1860.
The Constitution; Together with the Session Laws of Oregon, 1860.

The Constitution; Together with the Session Laws of Oregon, 1860.

First Post-Statehood Printing of Oregon's Constitution [Oregon]. The Constitution; Together with the Session Laws of Oregon, Enacted During the First Regular Session of the Legislative Assembly of Oregon, Begun, Sept. 10, 1860. Salem, OR: Asahel Bush, State Printer, 1860. 111, [1], 9, [1], 5, [1], 6, [2] pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Later library cloth, red and black lettering pieces to spine, endleaves renewed, cloth hinges. Some soiling to cloth, spine somewhat darkened, lettering pieces partially abraded, tear to bottom-edge of front endleaves, which are loosening but secure. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, lower outside corners of a few leaves folded and untrimmed, faint dampstain to top half of last 15 or so leaves, faint staining, ink annotations and (illegible) pencil owner signature to title page, which is lacking its upper outside corner without loss to text, ink library stamps to title page and following leaf. $750. * This collection of laws passed during Oregon's first regular legislative session includes the first post-statehood printing of Oregon's constitution, framed in 1857 and effected when Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859. The constitution notably provided for a referendum on the question of whether Oregon would be a slave state or free state and whether it would permit the residence of "free negroes and mulattoes." Residents voted to make Oregon a free state but banned free Negroes by a wide margin. Suffrage was limited to white male citizens aged 21 and older; women and anyone who was "an idiot or insane person," a felon, or a "negro [sic], Chinaman, or mulatto" were excluded from the franchise. This title is scarce in commerce: no other copy has appeared at auction since 1938. Not in Streeter. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 412. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 57548.

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