Philadelphia: 1852. 155pp. Original three-quarter pebbled cloth and marbled boards, spine gilt, edges sprinkled brown. Some wear to spine and edges, corners rubbed. Front hinge cracking, front free endpaper detached. Later 19th-century bookplate on front pastedown. Light tanning and dustsoiling, an occasional faint fox mark. Good plus. Item #1465
A revised edition of George Washington's letters to Joseph Reed, one of his aides-de-camp during the first two years of the Revolutionary War, as well as a member of the Continental Congress and Governor of Pennsylvania, published by his mid-19th-century biographer and grandson William Reed. This edition arose out of the controversy over the alterations of Washington's correspondence as published by Jared Sparks in the early 1840s. The work prints the letters directly from copies descended to the younger Reed, with Sparks' alterations printed in the margins. The present copy belonged to long-serving Massachusetts Senator and historian Henry Cabot Lodge, with his bookplate on the front pastedown.