(WASHINGTON, George) MARSHALL, John. The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the American Forces. London: Richard Phillips, 1804-07. Five volumes. Thick quarto, original paper boards expertly rebacked in quarter red morocco.
First English edition, the scarce large paper quarto issue, of Marshall’s classic life of Washington. Called the "best edition" by Howes and published in the same years as the American first. Complete with three frontispieces including Stuart's portrait of Washington, engraved tailpiece, and 12 folding maps.
A close friend of Washington and also a principled Federalist, Marshall based his work on records and papers provided to him by the late president's family. Historians have often praised this first serious study of the first President for its accuracy, well-reasoned judgments and inclusion of original source material. Described by Sabin as "indispensable," this first English edition was typeset from manuscripts and published shortly after the Philadelpia first edition and is considered the "best edition" by Howes. Gilbert Stuart’s famous portrait of Washington, made known to the British public through this engraved frontispiece, was executed by Royal engraver, James Fittler. The 12 engraved maps depict Boston, New York Island, the engagement on White Plains, New Jersey, the northern wilderness, Rhode Island, Charleston, and the siege of Charleston. Howes M317. Sabin 44788. Boards lightly soiled and rubbed; one leaf with a three inch closed tear; occasional light offsetting or foxing but overall a clean and handsome copy.
EARLIEST OBTAINABLE EDITION OF JEFFERSON'S "MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE"
JEFFERSON, Thomas. A Manual of Parliamentary Practice, for the Use of the Senate of the United States. Washington City: Samuel Harrison Smith, 1801. 12mo, contemporary full brown calf rebacked with original spine laid down.
Scarce 1801 edition of Jefferson’s Parliamentary Manual, containing “the foundations of some of the most important parts of the House’s practice” (Malone, 456). Apparently the earliest extant edition of this important work.
“As has been well said, no other American public man ‘left so enduring a mark on legislative procedure’ [as did Jefferson]. This was by means of the parliamentary manual he compiled during his term [as vice‑president under Adams] and left to the Senate as a legacy. That it was cherished by his contemporaries and by posterity is amply demonstrated by the fact that more than a century and a half after he left his chair it was still being printed in the current Senate Manual, along with the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution... Though prepared for the senate and best suited to that body, it came to be highly valued by the House of Representatives.” The Manual ends with a long section on impeachment and trial of the President, including relevant portions of the Constitution and relevant case law from England. Published shortly after Jefferson took office as President. Sabin identifies this edition as “Another edition,” with199unnumbered pages, and lists two other editions that supposedly precede, but which apparently never exited: one for 1800 (not located by Evans) and one for 1801 with 188  pages (not recorded by Shaw & Shoemaker). Tompkins in his Bibliotheca Jeffersoniana lists these other editions out of respect for Sabin, but could not find copies of either, and hence doubts their existence. This edition is the earliest extant edition anyone has located. Sabin 35887. Shaw & Shoemaker 719. Tompkins, 83. Early owner signatures. Some embrowning, very infrequent scattered foxing. An attractive copy. Scarce and important.