Life of George Washington [Five Volumes, complete]

By: Irving, Washington

Price: $595.00

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Book Condition: Very Good


Half leather with patterned boards; five raised spine bands; tan leather title inserts on spine. Each with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Washington; Volume 4 is of Martha; also a second engraving prior to title pages. Two battle maps in volume 1.


Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear with abrasions to the leather on the corners. Joints are solid with occasional starts of opening. The patterned paper on boards show s shelf handling. Foxing to frontispieces and preliminaries. 8vo; 9.125 inches tall, 504, 518, 523, 518 Volume 5, 456 pages with index --- A handsome set.


In 1853, Irving began his research about Washington. He utilized two important sources to craft the biography: The Writings of George Washington, and a series of George Washington's letters acquired through the State Department.


After two years of research, Irving began writing his Washington biography at his home in Sunnyside, New York. In his preface, Irving explained that he had long wanted to write a biography of Washington, though ill health, as well as his many travels to Europe, delayed the project. According to Irving, he sought to write in a narrative style that also rigorously grounded itself in historical facts. ----- Irving published the biography in multiple volumes between 1855 and 1859. The work dealt with subjects including George Washington's military exploits, presidency, his personal life. Irving's creative style rendered a highly readable account of Washington's life centered on exploring the great man as a human being.


Some reviewers argued that by exploring Washington's military and personal life in a realistic manner, Irving was able to transform Washington from a demigod figure into a subject far more approachable and understandable to the average reader. The historian George Bancroft lauded Irving for writing both with the qualities of good historian and with the narrative tone that made the events portrayed seem natural. [mountvernonorg]


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Title: Life of George Washington [Five Volumes, complete]

Author Name: Irving, Washington

Categories: 19th CENTURY: Literature and Works, HISTORY, United States History, 18th Century Revolutionary War, Biography / Autobiography / Memoir, Military Biography, Political Biography,

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam: 1859

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: None Issued

Type: Book

lb: 3.00 lb

Seller ID: 011414