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    [George Washington]. John Marshall. The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the American Forces During the War Which Established the Independence of his Country and First President of the United States. London: Printed for Richard Phillips by T. Gillet, 1804. First English edition, quarto issue. Complete in five quarto volumes, approximately 10.5 x 8.75 inches. xxxii, 456; [viii], 541, [1, blank], [1, publisher's note], [1, blank]; viii, 460; [viii], 589, [1, blank], [2, publisher's ads]; [viii], 667, [1, pedigree mis-paginated 669], [1, list of engravings], [3, publisher's ads]. First three volumes with frontispieces, volume one being a portrait of Washington, others views, and twelve maps, mostly folding, inserted at rear of volumes one and five, engraved tailpiece at the end of third volume. Complete. Bound in near-contemporary diced Russia, boards decoratively ruled in black and gilt, spines elaborately tooled in gilt and blind, and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt turn-ins, marbled endleaves. Volumes four and five professionally rebacked, preserving the original spines, some occasional minor restoration to other volumes. Some minor rubbing to bindings, some occasional intermittent foxing in text. Nearly fine. Howes M317. Sabin 44788.

    More Information: "In writing the Life of Washington, which is comprised in the First Volume, I have endeavoured to follow closely the order of time, adopting the plan of a personal narrative, and introducing collateral events no farther than was absolutely necessary to give completeness to this design. After the able, accurate, and comprehensive work of Chief Justice Marshall, it would be presumptuous to attempt a historical biography of Washington" (Jared Sparks, in the Preface to Volume I of The Writings of George Washington).

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