Philadelphia: C. P. Wayne, 1804-1807. Full Leather. Good binding. Item #6910
Octavo. , ix-xxii, 488, 40; viii 560, 72; viii, 580, 28; iii-viii, 626  16; iii,viii, 779, , 36 pp. First edition. Bound in early to mid-20th century leather with title in gold on the spine; Volume 1 is lacking the frontispiece portrait, the first eight pages of the Preface, and the final five pages of the "Notes" at the end; additionally, some leaves in the Preface of Volume I are bound out of order. Each volume has been collated and the set is complete except for the few preliminary and terminal leaves in Volume 1. Bindings are lightly rubbed; spines a little dry; contents are generally toned and foxed to varying degrees; occasional early tidelines to the margins; the title page of Volume 4 is missing the bottom margin just touching the city and publisher, but fully removing the date. A fairly presentable set, lacking the atlas, as is so often the case.
Volume 4 and 5 bear the contemporary owner name of Anthony Morris. Morris was a notable Philadelphia businessman and politician. He was Pennyslvania States Senator, and just the third speaker of that legislative body. His service in the Senate (1791-1794) included signing the bill consenting to Washington's military suppression of the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion. A nice association copy of this indispensable biography. Sabin notes, "The only complete editions of this indispensable work, the Colonial History being omitted in the later American editions." Sabin goes on to quote Jared Sparks, "After the able, accurate, and comprehensive work of Chief Justice Marshall, it would be presumptuous to attempt a historical biography of Washington." Sabin 44788. Howes M-317 "aa"