Label

As the Revolutionary War drew to a close, George Washington consulted booksellers' catalogues and made lists of titles he wished to purchase. On June 20, 1783, while camped at Newburgh, George Washington wrote to Lieutenant Colonel William Stephens Smith requesting the purchase of this two-volume revised edition of A View of Society and Manners in France, Switzerland, and Germany: With Anecdotes Relating to Some Eminent Characters. Smith purchased this as well as John Moore's two-volume set on his travels through Italy.

For George Washington's other volume from this set, see ML-264-W/B.

Description

Volume one of a set of two volumes. Original brown leather sheepskin binding, octavo size. The front and back covers are embossed with gilt along the edges. The spine has some embossed gilding and contains the book's title embossed with gilt on a red ground: MOORE'S / FRANCE. Below the title, the spine contains the volume number embossed with gilt: 1. Signed by George Washington on the title page. George Washington's bookplate inside the front cover. John Moore served as a companion to Douglas, eighth Duke of Hamilton as he traveled through Europe in the 1770s and Moore subsequently published this book comprised of letters written from the cities they visited.

The full title of this volume is A VIEW OF SOCIETY AND MANNERS IN FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, AND GERMANY: WITH ANECDOTES RELATING TO SOME EMINENT CHARACTERS; BY JOHN MOORE, M.D., IN TWO VOLUMES, VOL. I

Pagination: xvi, 451
Size: 8 vo.

Date

1783


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, 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 Line

Purchase, 1982


Signed

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


Object Number

ML-264-W/A


Colors (Beta)


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