"FIRST IN WAR, FIRST IN PEACE, AND FIRST IN THE HEARTS OF HIS COUNTRYMEN": FIRST EDITIONS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, Volume one signed by DOUGLAS SOUTHALL FREEMAN
Freeman, Douglas Southall.
Item Number: 82433
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1948-54.
First editions of the author’s 1958 Pulitzer Prize winning work. Octavo, six volumes, original black cloth, illustrated, cartographic endpapers. Volume 1 is signed by the author, “Autographed by Douglas Southall Freeman.” Each volume is near fine condition. A very sharp set.
George Washington is the most complete, definitive biography of George Washington ever written. In 1948 biographer and military historian Douglas Southall Freeman won his second Pulitzer Prize for his new and dramatic reexamination of George Washington. For years biographies had gone from idolatry to muckraking in their depictions of this somewhat marbleized Founding Father. Freemans new interpretation was a fresh step, making Washington a living, breathing individual, flawed but heroic. An able commander who defeated the British Empire against incredible odds, Washington proved to be just as adept at wielding political power, and adroitly steered our new loosely called nation through the first stormy years of our unproven federal stewardship and the first two presidential administrations.