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GEORGE WASHINGTON'S ORIGINAL LETTER BOOK
220. WASHINGTON (GEORGE). The Letter Book of. 1775 to 1776, containing his communication to the Continental Congress, the Appeal to Canada, Instructions to Generals, and numerous other letters of exceeding interest, including a report of the Battle of Charlestown, a remarkable letter from and reply to General Thomas Gage, and communications to John Hancock, Benedict Arnold, Governor Trumbull, and others. A series of over 80 letters written upon 150 folio pages, to and from General George Washington, at the most critical period of the American Revolution; copied by Richard Varick at Mount Vernon, after the close of the War, where he was employed as secretary to Washington. Folio, in the original vellum (some margins and a small piece of the binding damaged). Protected in a silk-lined, full crimson levant morocco folding case, appropriately tooled and lettered on side. and back.
The internal evidence of the volume proves it genuine beyond a doubt. The letters are from and to Washington, with the copied signatures attached. They contain facts which could, at the time, have been known to the writers only. The importance of the correspondence cannot be overestimated, covering as it does one of the most momentous periods in the Nation's history.
How the volume became separated from the rest of Washington's letter books is a mystery. Early in the 19th century it passed into the possession of a Mr. J. Jackson, who used some of the blank leaves at the back of the volume as a common-place book.
Some of these letters have been published in Sparks' Correspondence of Washington, some in Ford's Correspondence of Washington, and also in Force's Archives.
221. WASHINGTON GENEALOGY. Manuscript Records of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Manuscript Genealogies of principal families in the County of Northampton (England), with drawings of their arms. Written by John Philpot, Somerset Herald. Inscribed inside the cover, as a gift from John Philpot, 1634, to William Ryley, of Lancaster. A folio volume of 104 manuscript pages, in the contemporary limp vellum.
John Philpot was Somerset Herald and Dragon Rouge and Royalist in the Civil War. He died in 1645. William Ryley, to whom the volume was presented, was Pursuivant of Arms and Lancaster Herald (1641) and Keeper of Records (1644); though ostensibly supporting the Parlementarians he was actually a royalist, and made proclamation of Charles II as King in 1660. He died in 1667, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. The volume is of exceptional value in containing the descent of the Washington Family, direct ancestors of George Washington, and gives a design of the early arms, three stars and two bars, from which it has sometimes been supposed the "Stars and Stripes'' originated. The Washington tree commences with Sir John Washington of Lancashire (late 15th or early 16th Century), and gives the children of each, their marriages and issues. The first Sir John had two sons, John and Robert (of Warton). John (the second) apparently died unmarried, and was succeeded by his Robert. Robert was married three times, and his son John, by his first wife, succeeded to the estate. This John of Warton had five sons, and a daughter. The eldest son, Lawrence, was the Mayor of Northampton, who at the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII received the grant of the manor of Sulgrave (1538). This Lawrence was married twice, and by his second wife had two sons and seven daughters
(here the tree ends). The second son, Robert, of this Lawrence was apparently the father of the two emigrants. The genealogy ends apparently in the 17th century, as Lawrence, the son of Robert, died in 1616 and the succession is not noted.
In addition to the Washington genealogy there are about 100 other families recorded, Bernard, Butler, Carleton, Catesby (of Guy Fawkes notoriety), Dudley, Gage, Hatton, Palmer, Pickering, Brooke, Spencer, etc., each with their arms.
The early genealogy of the Washington family is vague, and the records here given by an undoubted authority are of extreme importance in tending to help to clear the mists in which the history has hitherto been clouded.
CONTEMPORARY OIL PAINTING OF GEORGE
222. WASHINGTON (GEORGE). Portrait in Oils, unsigned, and artist unknown, but certainly contemporary. The portrait is after the well-known idealized likeness of Washington by Gilbert Stuart, and was undoubtedly executed by one of his pupils. It is elliptical in shape, measuring 23 inches in width, by 28 inches in height. In old oblong ornamental gilt frame.
223. WHEATLEY (HENRY B.). London Past and Present. Its History, Associations, and Traditions. Illustrated. 3 vols. extended to six, royal 8vo, polished mottled calf, gilt backs, gilt tops, uncut, by Morrell. London: Murray, 1891
A HANDSOME COPY, SUMPTUOUSLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED BY THE INSERTION OF OVER 600 FINE PORTRAITS AND VIEWS.
224. [WHITE (GILBERT).] The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. Engraved title, folding front and other plates. 4to, original half calf binding, edges entirely uncut. London: T. Bensley, 1789
Remarkable copy of the rare FIRST EDITION, in uncut condition, of this famous book. It contains the leaf of Errata at end, which is often missing.
225. WHITE (GILBERT). The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, and A Garden Kalendar. Edited by R. Bowdler Sharpe. With an Introduction to the Garden Kalendar, by Rev. S. Reynolds Hole. With numerous illustrations by J. G. Keulemans, Herbert Railton, and Edmund J. Sullivan, mainly on India paper, also facsimile autograph letter of Gilbert White. 4 vols., 4to, full green levant morocco, gilt and onlaid backs, doublures of green levant, with onlay of roses in old rose, gilt ornaments of butterflies; central panel of white vellum, with the author's coat of arms in colors; green moiré silk flys, gilt tops, uncut. In cloth cases. London: Freemantle, 1900
One of 160 copies on Large Paper. Each copy is Autographed by the Editor and Artists. Considered the First Edition of this work that has ever appeared.
226. WHITMAN (WALT). Complete Writings. Portraits and illustrations on Japan paper. 10 vols., 8vo, three-quarter crushed dark green morocco, gilt backs, gilt tops, uncut.
New York: Putnam, n. d. THE COLLECTOR'S CAMDEN EDITION, one of 300 copies.
227. WILDE (OSCAR). The Writings of. With a Life of of the Author and a Critical Introduction by Richard Le Gallienne. Illustrated with photogravures IN THREE STATES, Japan vellum, proofs, signed by the artist, proof on plate paper, and colored. The plates for "Salome" are the celebrated impressionistic designs of Aubrey Beardsley. 15 vols., 8vo, full French levant morocco, gold corner ornaments, and inlaid chrysanthemum as centre piece on sides, backs with similar inlays, doublures of full levant richly tooled, gilt tops, uncut.
London and New York: A. R. Keller & Co., 1907 AUTOGRAPH EDITION, one of 26 lettered copies, with an Autograph Letter of Oscar Wilde inserted in the first volume.
228. WILDE (OSCAR). The Life and Confessions of, by Frank Harris. Illustrated with Portraits. 2 vols., 8vo, half leather, cloth sides. New York: Published by the Author, 1916
Limited Issue on Japan vellum. Signed by the author. Special copy with a lengthy inscription written by Mr. Harris on the fly-leaf. One of the greatest biographies of modern times.
229. WILSON (WOODROW). Address of the President of the United States, Delivered at a Joint Session of the Two Houses of Congress, April 2, 1917. Small 8vo, original boards.
Garden City, 1917
SIGNED BY WOODROW WILSON. His famous speech declaring war against Germany. One of the most momentous utterances in the world's history, as it brought America into the World War, and saved civilization.
230. WILSON (WOODROW). George Washington. Copiously illustrated. 8vo, full dark blue levant, the American emblem in gold on front cover, gilt top, uncut.
New York: Harper & Brothers, n. d. SIGNED BY WOODROW WILSON, 22 March, 1916, while President.
231. [WORCESTER (MARQUIS OF).] A Century of the Names and Scantlings of such Inventions, As at present I can call to mind to have tried and perfected. 16mo, old half calf (cracked). London: J. Grismond, 1663
The extremely rare FIRST EDITION of this notable book. In 1865 it was reprinted by Dirks. The most remarkable of Worcester's devices and that on which his claim as inventor of the steam engine rests, is his "water-commanding engine,'' described under No. 100.
232. WRIGHT (ROBERT). The Life of Major-General Wolfe. Founded on Original Documents and illustrated by his Correspondence. Extended to 2 vols., 8vo, three-quarter crimson levant morocco, gilt tops, uncut. London: Chapman and Hall, 1864
FIRST EDITION. SPLENDIDLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED by the insertion of about 100 very fine portraits, MANY OF WHICH ARE CONTEMPORARY WITH WOLFE, AND QUITE SCARCE.