In 1752, at the age of 20, George Washington was initiated into the fraternal organization of Freemasons, and in 1788 he was appointed Master of the Alexandria Lodge. In 1795, John Jones of Dublin, Ireland, the proprietor of The Sentimental and Masonic Magazine, sent Washington this set of five volumes with a letter requesting permission to dedicate a sixth volume to Washington and to include an elegant portrait of "his Excellency." The magazine is illustrated with engravings and covers a range of subject matter of interest to Masons, including political opinions, editorial cartoons, songs, fiction in serial form, and book reviews.
For George Washington's other volumes from this set, see W-391/B, W-391/C, W-391/D, and W-391/E.
Volume one of a set of the first five volumes of this series. Original brown leather calf binding, octavo size. The front and back covers are embossed with gilt along all exterior and interior edges. The spine is covered with embossed gilding and contains the book's title embossed with gilt on a red ground: SENTIMENTAL / MAGAZINE. The lower part of the spine contains the year and volume number embossed with gilt on a green ground: 1792 / VOL, I, Marbleized paper lines the inside of the front and back covers. The lot description of this book from the 1904 auction catalogue is adhered inside the front cover. The magazine is illustrated with engravings and covers a range of subject matter for members of the Freemasonry organization including political opinions, editorial cartoons, songs, fiction in serial form, and book reviews. Signed by George Washington on the title page.
The full title of this volume is THE SENTIMENTAL AND MASONIC MAGAZINE: FROM JULY TO DECEMBER 1792, INCLUSIVE, VOL. I.
Size: 8 vo.
Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper
Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 2 in. (21.59 cm x 13.97 cm x 5.08 cm)
Gift of an anonymous donor, 1907
Title page, top right corner, in brown ink: Go: Washington
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