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From: Seth Kaller Inc. (White Plains, NY, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: 1840. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Books, 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, Compiled Under the Inspection of the Honourable Bushrod Washington, From Original Papers Bequeathed to him by his Deceased Relative, 2nd edition, in two volumes. Philadelphia: James Crissy and Thomas Cowperthwait, 1840. 982 pp. plus index, 5 1/2 x 9 in. Both have pencil inscription on blank fly leaf "A. Seeley 1851 Presented by T.C. Gladding." Rebound; very good, some foxing toward the front. OCLC 183328030. With: Atlas to Marshall's Life of Washington, Philadelphia: J. Crissy, [1832], 10 hand-colored maps. Ex-Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Massachusetts bookplate on front paste-down. Black cloth spine and corners, original green boards with label. Internally fine. OCLC 191237946. Chief Justice John Marshall's magisterial biography of George Washington was originally a five-volume set. This 1840 publication, revised and issued in two volumes, also includes the 1832 companion atlas of maps relating to the Revolutionary War. *This item is also being offered in part II of The Alexander Hamilton Collection. Books. Seller Inventory # 22477

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Published by Dentu (1807)

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About this Item: Dentu, 1807. Couverture rigide. Condition: Bon. 5 vol. in-8 (194 x 121 mm) et un atlas in-4 (315 x 240 mm); demi-basane, dos lisses ornés pour les textes, cartonnage papier pour l'atlas (reliure de l'époque). Sabin, 44793. Première édition française, traduite de l'anglais par Henry. "After the able, accurate, and comprehensive work of Chief Justice Marshall, it would be presumptuous to attempt a historical biography of Washington" (Sparks, d'après Sabin). L'atlas se compose de 15 planches et cartes, dont un portrait de Washington, ici placé en tête du texte. Bon exemplaire, une mouillure à la fin du tome V. Seller Inventory # ABE-1507651569707

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About this Item: Philadelphia. 1804-1807., 1807. Five text volumes, plus atlas volume of 22pp. of subscribers' names and ten maps (most double-page). Text volumes: Modern half calf and marbled boards, spines gilt. Early ownership signature on each titlepage (except for volume one), and early owner's ink stamp on titlepages and some leaves. Moderate foxing and toning. Quarto atlas: Matching marbled boards. Scattered foxing, persistent staining. A very good set, in attractive bindings in period style. The classic biography of Washington, here in the first issue. "After the able, accurate and comprehensive work of Chief Justice Marshall, it would be presumptuous to attempt a historical biography of Washington" - Jared Sparks. Later American editions omitted the history of the colonies, which is the subject of the first volume. The ten maps relate to the Revolution. HOWES M317, "aa." SABIN 44788. LARNED 1561. Seller Inventory # WRCAM 39513

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Life of George Washington Commander in Chief: WASHINGTON, George]; MARSHALL,


Published by London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1804 (1804)

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About this Item: London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1804, 1804. The "Best Edition" of Marshall's Classic BiographyNear Fine in Contemporary Mottled Sheep[WASHINGTON, George]. [MARSHALL, John]. 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. Compiled under the inspection of the Hon. Bushrod Washington, from original papers bequeathed to him by his deceased relative. To which is prefixed, an introduction, containing a compendious view of the colonies planted by the English on the continent of North America. By John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States, &c. &c. London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1804-1807. First (and best) London Edition (in octavo) and, according to Howes, the best edition of all. Five octavo volumes (8 3/16 x 5 1/8 inches; 208 x 131 mm.). xxxvi, 579, [1], 2 folding maps; folding engraved frontispiece; viii, 245, 254-633, [3]; folding engraved frontispiece; viii, 570, folding engraved frontispiece and engraving on last page; viii, 684; viii, 843, [5], 10 folding maps, pp. Complete with three folding plates, one vignette and twelve folding maps. Volume two with paper flaw tear (no loss of text) on O2 (pp. 195-196), volume three title-page with small paper flaw crease on blank fore margin, volume four with small paper flaws to lower corner of O2 (pp. 195-196) and upper blank margin of SS7 & SS8 (pp. 637-640). A few minor marginal stains throughout and some very light and occasional browning of the text to volume five.Overall a near fine and much cleaner set than is usually found with the folding plates and maps in excellent and undamaged state.Contemporary mottled sheep, spine ruled in gilt, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, three faded, one missing. The hinges and spine extremities have been expertly restored. A near fine, sound and very attractive set - rarely found in its original binding. With the uniform, early ink signature of Peter Trezevant on each front flyleaf. The first London edition has five plates that were omitted in the Philadelphia edition and is the only complete edition of this monumental and indispensable work.John Marshall (1755-1835), served in the House of Representatives (1799-1800), was Secretary of State (1800-1801) under President John Adams, and was the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. During his thirty-five year tenure as Chief Justice, Marshall served under six presidents. He established the Judiciary as independent from, and equal with, the Legislative and Executive branches of the U.S. government, and affirmed that the Court was entitled to exercise judicial review - the power to strike down laws deemed by the Court to be unconstitutional. He made key legal decisions regarding the balance of power between the federal government and the states, and in McCulloch v. Maryland supported an elastic interpretation of the enumerated powers of the legislature in Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution.During the American Revolution he participated in many battles, including Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Stony Point and Paulus Hook. He was at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the winter of 1777-1778 with General George Washington's troops, and it was during his military service that he became personally acquainted with Washington.Present at the creation of the republic, a personal friend of many of the founding fathers, and close friend of Washington, in 1800 Marshall was approached by Washington's nephew, Bushrod, to whom the first president has bequeathed his papers. Marshall agreed to Bushrod's request to write a biography of Washington and, beginning in 1801, Marshall continued to write for five years, ultimately penning over 3,200 pages. More than 7,000 copies of the biography were sold at one dollar per volume. The resulting five volume work, which includes a history of the American colonies omitted from subsequent editions, is considered to be the definitive biography. Seller Inventory # 04036

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About this Item: London Richard Phillips 1804-1807, 1807. 5 volumes. First edition, the English Issue published at the same time as the American issue. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Washington in Vol. 1, folding view plates in Vols. 2 and 3, a finely engraved vignette tailpiece at the end of Vol. 3, 12 large folding maps of the American colonies in Vols. 1 and 5. Thick 8vo, contemporary tree calf, spines gilt lettered and numbered in two compartments on red and black contrasting morocco lettering labels and decorated in gilt with gilt bands and period central ornamental devices in gilt. A fine and handsome set in the original English calf binding. Some light age evidence to the calf but surprisingly well preserved. Internal hinges are in good order, text blocks sound and tight. An unusually well preserved item. RARE FIRST EDITION IN CONTEMPORARY CALF of one of the great early works on George Washington. The books contain maps of important Revolutionary battles in Virginia, the Carolinas, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey. There is also a fine portrait of Washington and finely engraved view plates. "John Marshall (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) was the Chief Justice of the United States (1801–1835) whose court opinions helped lay the basis for American constitutional law and made the Supreme Court of the United States a coequal branch of government along with the legislative and executive branches. Previously, Marshall had been a leader of the Federalist Party in Virginia and served in the United States House of Representatives from 1799 to 1800. He was Secretary of State under President John Adams from 1800 to 1801.The longest-serving Chief Justice of the United States, Marshall dominated the Court for over three decades and played a significant role in the development of the American legal system. Most notably, he reinforced the principle that federal courts are obligated to exercise judicial review, by disregarding purported laws if they violate the Constitution. Thus, Marshall cemented the position of the American judiciary as an independent and influential branch of government. Furthermore, the Marshall Court made several important decisions relating to federalism, affecting the balance of power between the federal government and the states during the early years of the republic. In particular, he repeatedly confirmed the supremacy of federal law over state law, and supported an expansive reading of the enumerated powers." ‘Justice Marshall greatly admired George Washington, and between 1804 and 1807 published his influential five-volume biography. The author’s Life of Washington was based on records and papers provided to him by the late president's family. The first volume was reissued in 1824 separately as A History of the American Colonies, and the work reflected Marshall's Federalist principles. His revised and condensed two-volume Life of Washington was published in 1832. Historians have often praised its accuracy and well-reasoned judgments, while noting his frequent paraphrases of published sources such as William Gordon's 1801 history of the Revolution and the British Annual Register. After completing the revision to his biography of Washington, Marshall prepared an abridgment. In 1833 he wrote, "I have at length completed an abridgment of the Life of Washington for the use of schools. I have endeavored to compress it as much as possible. . After striking out every thing which in my judgment could be properly excluded the volume will contain at least 400 pages." The Abridgment was not published until 1838, three years after Marshall died.’ This biography, here offered in its original five volume, first edition presentation, is still regarded as one of the most important ever penned, and perhaps the only one of real substance written by an extraordinary contemporary utterly active in the birthing of the new nation to which Washington had given the very highest and most noble service during is long life. Seller Inventory # 24349

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The Life of George Washington, Commander in: WASHINGTON, George.) MARSHALL,

About this Item: London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1804-7, 1804. 5 volumes, quarto (265 x 205 mm). Contemporary tree calf professionally refurbished (some labels, headbands and corners restored), smooth spines gilt banded, decorated with wavy-line roll tool and floriate centre tools, green morocco twin labels, speckled edges. Near contemporary armorial bookplates of Richard Dobson. Offsetting from frontispieces, scattered foxing to maps, general toning of letterpress. A very attractive, wide-margined set, with the publisher's advertisements at the end of vols. I and V, notice in vol. II ("It is supposed that the Manuscript of another Volume of this Work will be received from America in the course of the Autumn" of 1804). 3 frontispieces (portrait of Washington by Fittler after Stuart, view of Mount Vernon by Milton after George Isham Parkyns, view of Washington DC in 1800 by Heath after Parkyns), 12 folding maps, one vignette at end of vol. III by Cooke after Parkyns ("The Elm at Kensington, under which Mr. Penn made the first Treaty with the Indians"). First English and the best edition overall, in the preferred quarto format, originally published in Philadelphia in the same years (5 volumes, octavo). "Apart from freeing his slaves after Martha Washington's death, Washington's long and detailed will left his public and private papers to his favourite nephew, Associate Justice Bushrod Washington. Bushrod, in turn, convinced John Marshall to collaborate on writing the first definitive biography of Washington. A year after Washington's death, Tobias Lear, Washington's longtime private secretary, sent the first of five trunks of Washington's personal and public papers, which Marshall and Bushrod Washington began converting into a monumental five-volume Life of George Washington. It was published from 1804 to 1807 and, until the Civil War, remained the definitive history of eighteenth-century America, including the history of the American Revolution, the evolution of American government and the Constitution, and the life of Washington as a military and political leader" (Harlow Giles Unger, John Marshall: The Chief Justice Who Saved The Nation, 2014). A particularly appealing set of the uncommon quarto issue, elegantly bound and with all maps and plates present. Howes M317 ("best edition"); Sabin 44788 ("this indispensable work"). Seller Inventory # 122506

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