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/B.
Volume one of a set of two volumes. Brown leather calf 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: CHASTELLUX / TRAVELS. Below the title, the spine contains the volume number embossed with gilt on a black ground: I [encircled with gilded ornament]. This volume contains two fold-out engraved maps. Signed by George Washington on the title page. George Washington's bookplate inside the front cover. Both volumes are stored together inside a custom-made book box, which is identified on the spine: CHASTELLUX / TRAVELS / VOLS. I-II. Marquis de Chastellux describes his extensive travels in America and his visits with George Washington.
The full title of this volume is TRAVELS IN NORTH-AMERICA, IN THE YEARS 1780, 1781, AND 1782; BY THE MARQUIS DE CHASTELLUX, ONE OF THE FORTY MEMBERS OF THE FRENCH ACADEMY, AND MAJOR GENERAL IN THE FRENCH ARMY, SERVING UNDER THE COUNT DE ROCHAMBEAU; TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN, WHO RESIDED IN AMERICA AT THAT PERIOD, WITH NOTES BY THE TRANSLATOR…; VOLUME I.
Pagination: xv, 462
Size: 8 vo.
Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper
Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 1 3/4 in. (21.59 cm x 13.65 cm x 4.45 cm)
Title page, top left corner, in brown ink: Go:Washington
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