London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1804-1807. First Edition.
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. [COMPLETE IN FIVE VOLUMES]
London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1804-1807. First Edition. John Marshall (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) was the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1801–1835). Marshall greatly admired George Washington, and between 1804 and 1807 published this influential five-volume biography. Marshall'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. 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.
8vos., 5 volumes; G; spines paneled brown leather with a black label and a red label, gilt lettering; bound in full leather, mottled boards; marbled endpapers; moderate shelfwear to all volumes, including bumping and chipping to corners, cracking to spines; more severe cracking to head of volume 4; volume 2 spine has more wear than the other volumes, including a missing red label; some boards slightly loose; Volume 1: lacking frontispiece of George Washington, 2 folding maps in rear, Volume 2: lacking folding frontispiece of Mount Vernon, Volume 3: lacking folding frontispiece of City of Washington, tailpiece, Volume 5: lacking folding frontispiece of map of Boston, all 9 folding maps in rear; due to weight, please contact for shipping information; shelved case 1.