The Life of George Washington, Commander-In-Chief of the Armies of the United States. . . (1807)
The Life of George Washington, Commander In Chief of the Armies of the United States . . . (1807)
by David Ramsay
Full Title: The Life of George Washington, Commander In Chief of the Armies of the United States in the War Which Established Their Independence; And First President of the United States.
8 ½ x 5 ¼. In English. Printed by Luke Hansford & Sons for T. Cadell and W. Davies, London, 1807. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 464 pp. with Appendix and Index. Includes frontispiece portrait of George Washington engraved J. Heath from Stewart’s portrait. Original half-calf binding over marbled boards. Bright red, gilt spine label and gilt ruled compartments. Moderate deteriorations to spine head and tail with no structural deficiencies. Evidence of some restoration to front hinge as well as upper spine compartment. Light shelf wear to extremities. Relatively bright front and rear pastedowns and endpapers. Only ownership marking is an old, illegible ink inscription to top of the title page. Frontis with trivial foxing and a small damp stain to lower left of the leaf. Text block with a relatively large typeface and virtually free of any foxing or staining. Some rather trivial worming to gutter of last few leaves and rear pastedown and endpaper. An overall Very Good + collectible copy. Very scarce, if not rare, in both institutional holdings and in commerce – especially in this condition. Preserved in a mylar dust jacket cover.
David Ramsay (1749 – 1815) was an American physician, public official, and historian from Charleston, South Carolina. During the Revolution he served in the South Carolina legislature until he was captured by the British. After his release he served as a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1782–1783 and again in 1785–1786. Afterwards he served in the State’s House and Senate until retiring from public service. Ramsay was one of the first major historians of the American Revolutionary War. He was best known for his “History of the American Revolution,” which was one of the first and most accomplished histories to appear in the aftermath of the event.
This Washington biography chronicles the General’s campaigns in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the army mutiny at West Point, Marquis de la Fayette's contributions to the Continental Army, and Cornwallis' foreign relations. It also includes Washington’s will as an Appendix as well as an Index. This First English Edition was printed the same year as the First American Edition (the latter with a slightly different title; frontis by a different engraver, and shorter in length).
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