FIRST ENGLISH OCTAVO EDITION OF JOHN MARSHALL’S LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON
The Life of George Washington.
Marshall, John (George Washington).$3,800.00
Item Number: 88789
London: Richard Phillips by T. Gillet, 1804-07.
First English octavo edition of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. Octavo, five volumes. Finely bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, frontispiece portrait, 2 folding plates, 10 folding maps, engraved vignette at end of volume III, a printed slip announcing volume V tipped-in at front of volume IV and another tipped-in at front of volume V. In near fine condition. A very nice presentation.
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).