|Publisher||Derby & Jackson|
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Derby & Jackosn, 1857. FIRST EDITION, thus. Very good complete condition, red cloth with embossed decoration, faded gold titles and decoration to spine, some stains, no loose or missing pages as all are firmly intact, text is clearly legible and unmarked, some foxing and slight damp stain in the marginal regions of the page, former owner inscription, back hinge cracked, expected shelf wear and chipped cloth at the spine. "THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON by John Marshall, late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States . . . . It is adapted to the instruction of the rising generation, and contains, in a condensed form, the substance of the author’s larger work.” A concise and accurate summation of the previously published first official biography of Washington. Remains among the very best and most complete biographies of the "Father of our Country" and his role in the American Revolution for Independence. Contains General Washington's life, with an emphasis on the history of the military and civil events of the country while Washington was engaged in its service. Compiled by Judge Marshall under the inspection of the Honorable Bushrod Washington, nephew of General Washington, from original papers bequeathed to him by Washington himself. The advantages which Judge Marshall possessed for such a work are great and various. Some of the leading events took place under his immediate notice, and he was a cotemporary with the soldiers of the revolution and the statesmen of the republic. After the War for Independence, he interviewed the participants of the revolution which he describes, and took full advantage of all these facilities, in the perfect, and almost wonderful accuracy of his work. In all his descriptions of the many battles and skirmishes, he seems to have taken great pains, to understand, himself, and to make his readers clearly comprehend the nature of the ground, and the disposition and changes in the troops. In all these descriptions, there is no confusion in the mind of the reader. It is not necessary to read any sentence twice to come at its meaning. Judge Marshall describes like a soldier, so that the soldier may study his pages to gain useful knowledge. He introduces nothing for effect,—none of the "pride, pomp and circumstance," of glorious war. He is a "faithful chronicler." He relates the general events of the battle as though he had seen them, and conveys a perfect conception of them to the reader of all ages. This edition, has become extremely scarce as it never received the widespread distribution of the multiple volume biography it was adapted from. 379 pages.