[Aberdeen, S.D. Daily News Print, 1889]. [5]-100pp. plus 7 x 8-inch printed certificate, completed in manuscript, bound in. Lacking titlepage and preliminaries as well as final 2pp. index. Modern brown cloth, with earlier gilt spine laid down. First leaf loose. Ex-library, with institutional stamp on first text page. Ink annotations on different paper pasted to one page. Certificate neatly split along vertical fold. Occasional chipping or closed tears to margins, text evenly tanned. A good copy of the text. Lacking titlepage and preliminaries as well as final 2pp. index. Item #WRCAM57255

One of the earliest - if not the earliest - printings of the first adopted constitution of the state of South Dakota, with interesting manuscript notes and certification by the Secretary of State for South Dakota.

This printing of the first adopted South Dakota constitution was a part of Frank Hagerty's STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA; THE STATISTICAL, HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL ABSTRACT, printed in Aberdeen, S.D. in 1889. This copy lacks the titlepage and preliminaries, as well as the final two-page index from Hagerty's book. It was used by South Dakota Secretary of State A.O. Ringsrud to certify the text of the constitution. The ink notes in the present copy are in the hand of Secretary of State Ringsrud and they note that a constitutional article on prohibition was approved by popular vote, while a provision on minority representation was defeated and did not become a part of the state constitution. Bound in between page 42 (the conclusion of the text of the constitution) and page 43 (the beginning of the tally of official votes by county in 1889) is a partially-printed certificate completed in manuscript and signed and dated by Ringsrud on February 19, 1890, in which he attests that he has compared this printed version of the state constitution with the original on file in his office and that it is a "correct transcript therefrom."

In their catalogue 110, produced in 1937, the Eberstadts called this copy of the South Dakota constitution "A remarkable copy, containing the official certification of A.O. Ringsrud (Sect'y. of State), signed by him and bearing the great gold seal of the State of South Dakota. Beside the constitution this work contains the official vote by counties; geographical description; details of population, climate, agriculture, irrigation, live stock, timber, mineral wealth, manufactures, education, railroads, finances, public lands, etc." Hagerty's work was published simultaneously with an otherwise identically titled report on North Dakota, and the two collected as the TERRITORY OF DAKOTA.... All three imprints are relatively scarce, as is any Aberdeen, South Dakota printing from this era.

A unique copy of an already scarce item, with highly important provenance and significance.
EBERSTADT 110:240 (this copy). Hagerty book: ADAMS HERD 954 ("Rare"). HOWES H14, "aa" (ref). OCLC 9434887.

Price: $3,750.00