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François-Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux, served with Rochambeau's army during the Revolutionary War and traveled extensively in America before returning to France in 1783. Fluent in English, Chastellux met and became lifelong friends with George Washington. When Chastellux published reminiscences of his travels in 1786, he included descriptions of Washington and presented a copy of the two-volume publication to him. In 1787, an English translation became available and Washington purchased this copy in August of that year. Washington marked both volumes with his bookplate and autograph.

For George Washington's other volume from this set, see W-1232/A.

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Date

1787


People


Geography

  • Published - England

Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 1 5/8 in. (21.59 cm x 13.97 cm x 4.13 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1942


Signed

Title page, top left corner, in brown ink: Go:Washington


Object Number

W-1232/B


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