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First Printing of the Mint Act: “An Act establishing a Mint, and Regulating the Coins of the United States”

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Gazette of the United States, Philadelphia, Pa., April 14, 1792. 4 pp. (401-4) 9 ½ x 16 in.

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The FIRST PRINTING of the MINT ACT of the United States, in full on the front page and signed in type by President GEORGE WASHINGTON. This newspaper has a front page woodcut engraving display of a heraldic Federal eagle.This foundational act of the new is signed in type by George Washington as President, Jonathan Trumbull as Speaker of the House, and John Adams as Vice-President and President of the Senate. (p.1, col. 1-3).

Item #23689, $6,000

An Address to the Inhabitants of Great Britain – July 1775 Print of Message that went with the Olive Branch Petition

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR], Newspaper. Rivington’s New York Gazetteer...and Weekly Advertiser, New York, N.Y., July 21, 1775. 4 pp., 11½ x 18 in.

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While 1776 will remain the most memorable year in American history, 1775 actually marks the moment when the colonists became Americans. Hostilities had already begun, yet the delegates of the Continental Congress still sought to avoid war. On July 8, the Continental Congress approved and sent the Olive Branch Petition to King George III. At the same time, they sent an appeal stating the case directly to the British people. Both attempts failed, and we have found no evidence that the address was even published in England. Here, in Rivington’s New York paper, it is published in the first two columns of page one, and the first column of page two.

Item #23544, $12,500

George Washington’s First Thanksgiving Proclamation as President

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Massachusetts Centinel. Boston, Mass. Benjamin Russell, October 14, 1789. 4 pp. (33-36), 9½ x 14¾ in. Disbound, trimmed a little close at top.

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On September 28, 1789, just before the closing of the First Federal Congress, the Senate added its assent to a House resolution requesting that George Washington be asked to call for a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. Later that day, Congress ratified the Bill of Rights to be sent to the states for their ratification, and on the next day the first session of the first Federal Congress was adjourned. On October 3, George Washington issued America’s first presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation and the Centinal reported the news 11 days later, only four days after the New York newspaper Gazette of the United States, essentially an arm of Washington’s Federalist Party, printed the proclamation.

Item #23459, $11,500

A Synopsis of the Early Actions of George Washington Against the French

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Maryland Gazette. January 9, 1755, Annapolis, Md. Jonas Green. 2 pp. (complete), 9½ x 14½ in.

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The Maryland Gazette took a particular interest in Washington, being the first to publish his Journal describing his expedition to the Ohio.

Item #21557.05, $2,000

Virginia’s Concerns about the Depredations of the French in the Ohio Valley

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Maryland Gazette. November 7, 1754, Annapolis, Md. Jonas Green. 2 pp. (complete), 9½ x 14½ in.

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Item #21557.04, $2,000

Colonel Washington Refuses to Accept French Deserters Just Before His Defeat at the Battle of Great Meadows

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Maryland Gazette. October 17, 1754. Annapolis, Md. Jonas Green, 4 pp., 9½ x 14½ in.

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The Maryland Gazette took a particular interest in Washington, being the first to publish his Journal describing his expedition to the Ohio.

Item #21557.02, $2,400

Virginia Governor Dinwiddie and the Council Respond to French Incursions by Sending a Young George Washington to Ohio

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Maryland Gazette. March 14, 1754, Annapolis, Md. Jonas Green 4 pp., 9½ x 14½ in.

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The Maryland Gazette took a particular interest in Washington, being the first to publish his Journal describing his expedition to the Ohio.

Item #21557.01, $4,000

Miniature Portrait of George Washington

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Painting. George Washington miniature. ca. 19th century. Approx 2½ x 3¼ overall, signed “Beck” in hardwood frame.

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Demonstrating the lasting appeal of Washington in the decorative arts, this nineteenth-century miniature on ivory is a fine example of the style. Acquired in Scotland.

Item #22317.01, $650

George Washington’s Funeral - Full Page Report of the First President’s Actual Interment a Week before the Nation’s Official Mourning

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. The True American Commercial Advertiser, Philadelphia, Pa., Samuel Bradford, December 24, 1799. 4 pp., 12¾ x 20 in. On blue-rag paper.

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Printed within a black mourning border, news headed “Sacred to the Memory of Gen. George Washington” begins a nearly full-page description of Washington’s funeral, including a diagram of the procession, statements of Congress and of President Adams, and a resolution to erect a monument. The nation’s first president had died on December 14, 1799, and was interred at Mount Vernon by his family four days later. This newspaper reports the proceedings of a private funeral that included clergy, Masonic brothers, and local citizens. As the president was laid to rest in the family’s receiving vault, vessels in the Potomac River fired a final salute to the commander in chief.

News reached Philadelphia, then the seat of the federal government, on the day of his burial. Congress and President Adams immediately began planning an official mourning procession for December 26, and this paper of December 24 notes that Richard Henry Lee had been chosen to deliver the official eulogy.

Item #23417, $2,950

Lady Washington’s Reception Engraving

[MARTHA WASHINGTON], “Lady Washington’s Reception./ From the original Picture in the possession of A. T. Stewart, Esq.” Engraving by Alexander Hay Ritchie, after a painting by Daniel Huntington. New York, Emil Seitz, 1865. 37 x 25 in.

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Item #23068, $5,500

A Front Page Printing of Washington’s
Second State-of-the-Union Address

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Columbian Centinel, Boston, Mass., December 22, 1790. 4 pp., disbound.

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Item #30001.22, $1,450

Rhode Island Printing of George Washington’s Will -
Freeing His Slaves Upon the Death of Martha

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Pair of Newspapers. “Interesting Extracts from the WILL of Gen. George Washington,” United States Chronicle, Providence, R.I., February 20 and 27, 1800. Each 4 pp. Washington’s will begins on p. 2 of the February 20 issue and concludes on p. 1 of the February 27 issue.

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Item #22858, $1,250

13 pamphlets on George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, New York History, etc., Collected by Grant’s Secretary of State Hamilton Fish

[HAMILTON FISH], Signed Book, 13 separately printed pamphlets bound together, dates ranging from 1799 – 1828, Approx. 423 pp. Handwritten table of contents glued in, signed by Fish on free front endpaper and in 2 other places.

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Item #22157, $3,400

George Washington Endorses an Advice Book

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Book. The Immortal Mentor, or Man’s Unerring Guide to a Healthy, Wealthy, and Happy Life. With Washington’s printed endorsement. First edition. Philadelphia, Pa., Rev. Mason L. Weems, 1796. Ownerships signature “J.W. Spencer Feb 1847” on free front endpaper, later bookplate on front pastedown. Austin 1011; Evans 30282.

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“Listen to the instructions of Dr. Franklin, and let the words of his mouth sink deep into your heart...”(p. 105)

In the year of his death, the “Father of the Country” heaped praises upon this compilation of advice from early advocates of clean living and ethical behavior Luigi Cornaro, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Scott.

Item #23649, $1,450

Quartermaster’s Accounts, 1781

[NICHOLAS QUACKENBUSH], Manuscript Document consisting of four string-bound double folio (36 x 26 in.) sheets folded to folio size, 6 pp. filled in, Albany, March to May 1781 document in great detail “Articles delivered.”

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A fascinating set of ledger sheets retained by Nicholas Quackenbush. They note the date, the voucher number, “To Whom Delivered” and “By whose order” and then provide a long set of columns to account for almost every conceivable article, ranging from horses to pikes, a wide variety of tools, all types of lumber, as well as foodstuffs.

Item #21007.09, $3,500

New York Revolutionary War Muster Roll
with Reference to Valley Forge

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR], Manuscript Document. Return of 1st Massachusetts Regiment of foot Commanded by Col.o John Bailey. “Camp Crotens Bridge” [N.Y.], July 18, 1778. 2 pp., 12 5/8 x 8 1/8 in.

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Item #20632.37, $1,750

Counting the Votes Electing Washington President in 1789

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Gazette of the United States, Philadelphia, Pa., October 17, 1789. 4 pp., 10 x 16 ¼ in.

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Item #22631, $2,400

George Washington Signed Acts of Congress,
Including an Act “Respecting the Mint,”
and Discussions of a Third Term for the First President

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper, Columbian Centinel, June 18, 1796, Boston, Ma., 4 pp., 11 7/8 x 18 ¾ in.

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An opinion piece from Philadelphia on a Third Term for Washington: Washington signs four acts of Congress in cursive type, including one detailing the ways and means of procuring copper for the minting of cents and half cents.

Item #30000.003, $1,200

Heaping Praise on the First President, an Address to Congress, and Columbia University’s Commencement

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Gazette of the United States, May 9, 1789. New York, N.Y. 4 pp.

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The first address of Congress to the new president.

Item #30000.76, $750

John Marshall’s “Life of George Washington”
and Companion Atlas with Hand-colored Maps

JOHN MARSHALL. [GEORGE WASHINGTON], Books, The Life of George Washington Commander in Chief of the American Forces, During the War which Established the Independence of his Country and First President of the United States, Compiled Under the Inspection of the Honourable Bushrod Washington, From Original Papers Bequeathed to him by his Deceased Relative, 2nd edition, in two volumes. Philadelphia: James Crissy and Thomas Cowperthwait, 1840. 982 pp. plus index, 5½ x 9 in. Both have pencil inscription on blank fly leaf “A. Seeley 1851 Presented by T.C. Gladding.” Rebound; very good, some foxing toward the front. OCLC 183328030. With: Atlas to Marshall’s Life of Washington, Philadelphia: J. Crissy, [1832], 10 hand-colored maps. Ex-Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Massachusetts bookplate on front paste-down. Black cloth spine and corners, original green boards with label. Internally fine. OCLC 191237946.

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Chief Justice John Marshall’s magisterial biography of George Washington was originally a five-volume set. This 1840 publication, revised and issued in two volumes, also includes the 1832 companion atlas of maps relating to the Revolutionary War.

Item #22477, $1,250
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