The Writings of George Washington. Being his Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and other Papers, Official and Private, selected and published from the Original Manuscripts. With A Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations by Jared Sparks
WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799), [SPARKS, Jared, editor]
Price: 3,500.00 GBP
Boston: American Stationers' Company; Boston: Russell, Odiorne, and Metcalf, and Hilliard, Gray, and Co.; Boston: Russell, Shatt, [American History]. First Sparks Edition, also The First Collected Edition, large paper copies. Twelve volumes,quarto (26 x 18 x 52cm). All first issues except volume III which is a second issue. Illustrated with frontispieces to four volumes and thirty further plates as called for. Handsomely bound in recent tan half calf over marbled boards, gilt titles on red and green morocco squares to spines, gilt tooling to spines, marbled endpapers. Small closed tear to the bottom of the title page of volume VII. Some plates quite heavily browned as often found with some offsetting to neighbouring pages, otherwise the textblocks are generally clean and bright save for occasional light spotting. A smart and imposing presentation of this landmark work. Sabin 101765. According to Sabin: "There were many issues from stereotype plates and some sets are made up of volumes of varying dates"