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March 23, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Rare 1777 print of N.Y. Constitution listed on eBay

Article originally appeared on www.lohud.com on March 20, 2011 and was written by Richard Liebson.

For sale: The New York state Constitution.

No, despite what residents and a few lobbyists might think, the movers and shakers in Albany aren’t selling New York’s Constitution on the open market.

Stanley Klos is.

Klos, a Palm Harbor, Fla., exhibitor of rare and historical documents, is offering a 1777 print of the document in an eBay auction with a starting bid of $6,500. He’s expecting to get a lot more.

“I got it from a dealer in Philadelphia a few years ago,” Klos said. “It’s a remarkable document because it was printed the same year the state constitution was adopted and it includes a copy of the Declaration of Independence. A total of 200 were printed, and I’d be surprised if more than four or five survive.” [link to full article]

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  1. Vicki Walch / Mar 23 2011 1:40 PM

    Posted on behalf of Kathleen Roe (kroe@MAIL.NYSED.GOV) of the New York State Archives:

    Despite the implications of language with which this article begins, the State of New York is neither neglecting nor selling off its heritage. The item being sold is a PUBLISHED copy of the 1777 New York Constitution, of which there was a multiple print run. The New York State Archives preserves and makes accessible the original copy of the 1777 State Constitution, and the New York State Library owns several copies of the same published edition noted in this article, and has checked to confirm that all these are present and accounted for. Digital copies of both the original Constitution and print edition are available to the public in our digital collections at http://www.archives.nysed.gov

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