Draft of a Bill to Constitute the Commonwealth of Australia
Adelaide, C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, 1891.
Quarto, 22 pages plus numerous ruled interleaves.
Flush-cut quarter cloth and papered boards; spine and rear cover a little unevenly sunned; an excellent copy.
Printed at the head of the first page is the following: '21/6/91. Draft of a Bill as adopted by the National Australasian Convention, 9th April, 1891. Henry Parkes, President. F.W. Webb, Secretary'. This copy has the printed paper name-label 'Sir J.W. Downer' on the front cover: Sir John William Downer (1843-1915) was one of the South Australian delegates at the Convention. He has annotated 13 pages of the printed text (mainly marginal ticks against numerous numbered paragraphs).