Auction 153, Lot 779

"[2 Volumes] The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the American Forces ... Second Edition... Vol. I [and] ... Vol. II", Marshall, John

Subject: History Books, Atlases

Period: 1836 (published)


Color: Hand Color

5.6 x 8.8 inches
14.2 x 22.4 cm

This is J. Crissy's second edition of Marshall's work on George Washington. Bound at the end of Volume II is an accompanying atlas containing ten maps (nine in color) showing the positions and movements of General Washington, and several other British and American generals, which describe events during the American Revolutionary War. The ten maps measure approximately 9" x 7" and include the following:

1. Boston with its Environs.
2. Plan of New York Island and part of Long Island Shewing the Position of the American & British Armies before and after the Engagement on the Heights August 27th 1776.
3. Plan of the Country from Frogs Point to Croton River Shewing the Positions of the American & British Armies from the 12th of Oct. 1776 until the Engagement on the White Plains.
4. Plan of the Northern part of New Jersey Shewing the Positions of the American & British Armies after crossing the North River in 1776.
5. Map of the Country from Raritan River in East Jersey to Elk Head in Maryland. Shewing the several Operations of the American & British Armies in 1776 & 1777.
6. Map of the Country which was the scene of Operations of the Northern Army Including the Wilderness Through which Genl. Arnold marched to attack Quebec.
7. Map of part of Rhode Island Shewing the Positions of the American & British Armies at the Siege of Newport and the subsequent Action on the 29th of August 1778.
8. Map of part of Virginia Northern Carolina South Carolina & Georgia which were the scenes of the most important Operations of the Southern Armies.
9. Plan of the Investment and Attack of York in Virginia.
10. Plan of the Siege of Charleston in S. Carolina

In addition to the maps, there are 13 engravings featuring a frontispiece of George Washington by Longacre to Volume I (502 pp.), and a frontispiece of Benjamin Franklin by Thomson to Volume II (480 pp.). Hardbound in full tree calf with all edges gilt.

References: Howes #M317.

Condition: B

Maps are generally very good with minor toning and some faint to light color and text offsetting. The map of Boston also has a few small spots in the bottom of the image. Text and plates are generally clean and bright with an occasional faint spot of foxing along sheet edges. Internally tight, but front cover of volume one is detached and both covers of volume two have been rudimentarily reattached with binding tape. Spines are heavily worn and chipped and covers show average wear. Internally sound, this example would benefit from professional rebinding.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/20/2015