FIRST EDITION OF JOHN MARSHALL’S LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, WITH THE SCARCE ATLAS VOLUME
The Life of George Washington.
Marshall, John (George Washington).
Item Number: 81144
Philadelphia: C.P. Wayne, 1804-07.
First editions of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. 6 volumes, including the atlas, which contains 10 maps. Octavo, bound in full contemporary tree calf, red and black morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. With the original atlas. The scarce atlas contains the hand-colored two-page maps. In very good condition with minor edge wear, some light offsetting to the atlas. A very nice set, uncommon in contemporary calf.
John Marshall's description of the life, character, and achievements of the "Father of America" is unparalleled by any other author. As a contemporary and peer of Washington, he has a unique and intimate perspective on the man that no other historian can claim. If you want a first hand description of this history changing figure, than John Marshall's work is essential. The work “is political history as well as biography… the only comprehensive account by a great statesman of the full founding of the United States— of the founding of an independent people as well as of its government… There is no other concentrated history of the essentials by such an authority on American institutions” (Robert K. Faulkner).