George Washington engaged in an exchange of ideas with the Scottish agriculturalist and economist James Anderson. Washington received a gratis subscription to Anderson's publication, The Bee, and this is one of eighteen volumes of the publication that were in the inventory of Washington's library. Washington praised The Bee as, "conducted with that view to a diffusion of useful knowledge upon which it was undertaken, and in such a manner as must meet the approbation of the friends of Science and those who wish to promote the best interests of mankind." The publication includes articles on agriculture, history, politics, and commerce, as well as poetry and excerpts from contemporary literature.
For a volume from this publication that carries a tradition of ownership by Martha Washington, see W-386.
Volume fifteen of a series of eighteen volumes. Original brown leather calf binding, duodecimo size. The front and back covers are embossed with gilt along all exterior edges. The spine is covered with embossed gilding and contains the book's title embossed with gilt on a red ground: THE BEE. The center of the spine contains the volume number embossed with gilt on a red ground circle surrounded by green ground: 15 The lower part of the spine contains the year embossed with gilt on a black ground: 1793 / 3 The journal includes articles on agriculture, history, politics, and commerce, as well as poetry and excerpts from contemporary literature.
The full title of this volume is THE BEE, OR, LITERARY WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER: CONSISTING OF ORIGINAL PIECES AND SELECTIONS FROM PERFORMANCES OF MERIT, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC: A WORK CALCULATED TO DISSEMINATE USEFUL KNOWLEDGE AMONG ALL RANKS OF PEOPLE AT A SMALL EXPENCE, VOL. 15.
Pagination: iv, 336, xxviii
Size: 12 mo.
Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper
Overall: 7 1/2 in. x 5 in. x 2 1/8 in. (19.05 cm x 12.7 cm x 5.4 cm)
Title page, top right corner, in brown ink: Go: Washington
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