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    Atlas to Marshall's Life of Washington, with Ten Finely Engraved Hand-Colored Maps of the American Revolution

    [Joseph Yeager, illustrator]. [John Marshall]. Atlas to Marshall's Life of Washington. Philadelphia: Published by J. Crissy, [n.d., 1832?]. The atlas volume only to the 1832 second edition of Chief Justice John Marshall's The Life of George Washington, which was first published between 1804 and 1807 by C. P. Wayne in Philadelphia in four octavo volumes, plus a quarto atlas volume containing the maps and subscribers' names. Small octavo (8.5 x 5.4375 inches; 216 x 139 mm.). Engraved title with vignette of "Washington passing the River Delaware" and ten numbered hand-colored double-page maps illustrating important Revolutionary War battles and campaigns, all finely engraved by Joseph Yeager. Maps mounted on guards.
    Original publisher's half brown cloth over tan boards with pink paper title label printed in black on front board. Edges sprinkled brown. Boards lightly rubbed and soiled, with several small and mostly faint stains; cloth fraying at corners and spine ends; a few tiny holes in cloth along joints; one small hole in paper exposing cloth at upper corner of front board. Top edge darkened and very slightly warped (from damp?). Endpapers quite foxed. Some foxing, browning, and offsetting, as usual. Upper blank corner of Map 3 folded down; tiny dark spot at upper edge of both leaves of Map 5; two creases across the upper portion of Map 6, just affecting a bit of the "Riv. St. Lawrence;" quarter-inch tear to upper edge of first leaf of Map 7; tiny tear and fold to upper edge of each leaf of Map 8; small dark stain to outer blank margin and small abrasion on blank verso of second leaf of Map 9. Despite these minor flaws, this is still a very attractive copy, complete with all ten maps. Pencil signature on front free endpaper of Charles Fox Wing (1780-1861), a soldier in the War of 1812, who served as Circuit Court and Muhlenberg County (Kentucky) clerk for over fifty years.
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    The maps include:


    1 "Boston with its Environs" (map size: approximately 161 x 241 mm.).


    2 "Plan of New York Island and part of Long Island Shewing the Position of the American & British Armies before, at, and after the Engagement on the Heights August 27th. 1776" (map size: approximately 240 x 166 mm.).


    3 "Plan of the Country from Frogs Point To Croton River Shewing the Positions of the American & British Armies from the 12th. of Oct. 1776 until the Engagement on the White Plains on the 28th" (map size: approximately 247 x 157 mm.).


    4 "Plan of the Northern part of New Jersey Shewing the Positions of the American & British Armies after crossing the North River in 1776" (map size: approximately 240 x 167 mm.).


    5 "Map of the Country from Raritan River In East Jersey to Elk Head In Maryland Shewing the several Operations of the American & British Armies in 1776 & 1777" (map size: approximately166 x 239 mm.).


    6 "Map of the Country which was the scene of Operations of the Northern Army Including the Wilderness Through which Genl. Arnold marched to attack Quebec" (map size: approximately 251 x 188 mm.).


    7 "Map of part of Rhode Island Shewing the Positions of the American & British Armies at the Siege of Newport and the subsequent Action on the 29th. of August 1778" (map size: 235 x 155 mm.).


    8 "Map of part of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina & Georgia which were the scenes of the most important Operations of the Southern Armies" (map size: approximately 236 x 175 mm.).


    9 "Plan of the Investment and Attack of York in Virginia" (map size: approximately 197 x 228 mm.).


    10 "Plan of the Siege of Charleston in S. Carolina" (map size: approximately 166 x 238 mm.).


    The maps in the first edition, which were uncolored, were engraved by Benjamin Jones, Thomas K. Marshall, Joseph H. Seymour, Francis Shallus, Benjamin Tanner, and John Vallance.


    "Marshall [1755-1835] had had plenty of opportunities to observe Washington in action. Their lives were intertwined despite the facts that Marshall was twenty-three years younger and that his deeds as Chief Justice came in the four decades after Washington's death. Both men were Virginians. Marshall's father had been Washington's friend and eventually a trusted advisor...Marshall himself served as lieutenant and captain at a number of the battles described in the Life, including the defeat of Lord Dunmore near Norfolk in 1775 and the intense campaign of 1777, directed by Washington, to deny Philadelphia to the British. He endured with Washington the terrible winter camp of 1777-78 at Valley Forge. After the war Marshall too returned to Virginia, where he became prominent in state politics and eventually, at the Virginia ratifying convention of 1787, one of the leading younger defenders of the proposed Constitution...Two-thirds of the Life is about Washington's generalship and gives a panoramic portrait of the Revolution's major battles. The surge of British effort moved from Boston to the crucial middle colonies and finally to the South. The British kept invading and raiding...Washington kept defending...He kept his army alive, and he was resilient...While the obvious drama of the Life is the course of the Revolutionary War, the underlying drama is the way in which Washington's generalship gave birth to his country" (Robert K. Faulkner, Foreword to the Liberty Fund edition of The Life of George Washington. Special Edition for Schools (Indianapolis: 2000) at - a republication of John Marshall's 1838 one-volume version of The Life of George Washington.


    "[Marshall] always regretted having written the Life in such great haste and allowing it to be rushed into print without sufficient time for revision. The preparation of an abridged second edition occupied his attention for much of the rest of his life" (Charles F. Hobson in American National Biography Online).


    "Stereotyped by J. Crissy and G. Goodman" (verso of title-pages of the second edition of The Life of George Washington (Philadelphia: Published by James Crissy, 1832)). The second edition of The Life was reissued several times between 1832 and 1854.


    Joseph Yeager (ca. 1792-1859) was an engraver, printseller, and publisher of children's books active in Philadelphia between 1809 and 1845. In addition to the1832 edition of the Atlas to Marshall's Life of Washington, his work consisted of etched portraits and line engravings of scenic views and buildings. His 1816 engraving of the Battle of New Orleans, after a painting by William Edward West, was the first significant engraving of the battle. See Harry B. Weiss, "Joseph Yeager, Early American Engraver, Publisher of Children's Books, and Railroad President," in Bulletin of the New York Public Library, Volume 36, Number 9 (September, 1932), pages 611-161.


    Baker, Bibliotheca Washingtoniana, 178. Checklist of American Imprints 13564. Howes M317. Phillips, Atlases, 1342. Sabin 44789. Servies, Bibliography of John Marshall, 968.

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