Hard Cover. London: Printed for Cadell Junior and Davies, 1795. First English Edition. Very Good.
Two volumes. 8vo. [viii], 364; [iv], 384 pp. First English edition, preceded by the first American edition which was published earlier in the same year. Finely bound in contemporary brown sheep, neatly rebacked near the time of publication in matching brown sheep with five raised bands to spines, lettered in gilt. A very good set, variously rubbed with some scattered abrasions, backstrips and hinges exhibiting the usual signs of aging found in sheepskin bindings with some superficial cracks and chipping of the brittle leather, loss to upper 2mm. of spine head on Vol. I, else sturdy with no other significant loss. Overall, a handsome copy that presents well. ESTC T33141. This collection of George Washington's letters to the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia includes correspondence dated from June 1775 to December 1778. Written during his time as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, the letters describe Washington's efforts to comply with the Congress's wishes, while dealing with the obstacles presented to him by an underpaid, underfed army fighting in the Revolutionary War. The book was edited by John Carey, an Irish immigrant, who worked with Thomas Jefferson beginning in 1792 to publicize state documents in an effort to keep the activities of the newly formed United States government as transparent as possible.