Throughout his life, George Washington acquired an extensive collection of books on the subjects of military history and politics. This six-volume set, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by the English historian Edward Gibbon, was listed in the inventory of Washington's library composed after his death. By studying the causes of the decline of the Roman Empire, Washington learned valuable lessons from the political errors of past military generals. Washington marked all six volumes with his bookplate and autograph, however his signature was clipped from Volume I at an unknown later date.

For George Washington's other volumes from this series, see W-401/A, W-401/C, W-401/D, W-401/E, and W-401/F.

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Date

1783


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Geography

  • Published - England

Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 1 5/8 in. (21.59 cm x 13.65 cm x 4.13 cm)


Credit

Gift of Miriam Melissa Lutcher Stark, 1927


Signed

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


Object Number

W-401/B


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