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George Washington was an enthusiastic subscriber to the nation's first literary magazine, The American Museum, at one point writing to its publisher Mathew Carey of Philadelphia that a "discontinuance of the Publication for want of proper support would, in my judgment, be an impeachment on the Understanding of this Country." The magazine featured contemporary American literature and poetry, as well as articles on politics, economics, and excerpts from newspapers. This nonconsecutive set of ten issues survived at Mount Vernon until the mid-nineteenth century when the last private owner of the estate, Washington's great-grandnephew, John Augustine Washington III had the issues bound together. More





  • Published - United States


Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper


Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 2 3/8 in. (21.59 cm x 13.97 cm x 6.03 cm)


Purchase, 1966

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