(WASHINGTON, GEORGE). FORD, WORTHINGTON CHAUNCEY.
GEORGE WASHINGTON.(New York: Goupil & Co. and Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900). 267 x 203 mm (10 1/2 x 8"). Two volumes.. ONE OF 200 COPIES of the "Edition de Luxe."
ATTRACTIVE GREEN CRUSHED MOROCCO, covers with two-line gilt frame, raised bands, gilt-framed compartments and gilt titling, RED MOROCCO DOUBLURES surrounded by inch-wide green morocco turn-ins with four gilt fillets, watered silk endleaves, top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. With 88 full-page plates (44 images, each of them in sepia, 42 in black and white, and the two frontispieces in color) as well as 32 tailpieces. Chapter initials in black and red. Bookplate of William P. Olds laid in at front of each volume. A Large Paper Copy. A hint of wear to joints and extremities, spines mildly faded to olive green (spine of second volume with just slightly irregular fading), but still A FINE COPY of this deluxe edition, the morocco bindings solid and pleasing, and the text and plates virtually pristine.
Ford writes in his introduction to this edition that he aims to let the father of our country tell his biography himself, "using his own phrases and words to illustrate his attitude towards public questions and public characters." But Ford's extensive knowledge of American history also masterfully contextualizes Washington in time and place, providing a narrative of the era as well as of the man. Our author states that this "tribute to [Washington's] memory" is intended to remedy what he sees as the neglect of the president's opinions and writings. Worthington Chauncey Ford (1858-1941) was descended from a long line of intellectuals, including Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony, Noah Webster, and Harvard College president Charles Chauncey. A pioneer in the acquisition of American historical documents, Ford was also one of the most prolific historian-editors in American history, publishing more than 260 articles, essays, and books. Though a college dropout, he was elected president of the American Historical Association in 1917, and was appointed to a position in the Department of State, where he launched an ambitious plan to publish and disseminate the agency's vast and significant holdings of 18th and 19th century historical manuscripts. He also held positions at the Boston Public Library, the Library of Congress, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Deluxe copies of this work are, not surprisingly, difficult to find, and even those do not seem to have our special morocco doublures. (CAB07049)