Antique Book First Edition of “The Life Of Washington” by Jared Sparks, 1839
First Edition of “The Life Of Washington” by Jared Sparks | Published by Ferdinand Andrews, Boston, 1839 | Signed and inscribed by author to John G. Palfrey (member of U.S. Congress and House of Representatives)
Original 1839 First Edition of “The Life Of Washington” by Jared Sparks, 1839 | Published by Ferdinand Andrews, Boston, 1839 | Signed and inscribed by author to John G. Palfrey (member of U.S. Congress and House of Representatives) | Condition: embossed blue cloth with gilt titles. Rebacked with the original cloth laid back down. Original end papers present with bindery embossed stamp to front. Slight rubbing/edgewear to the corner tips. The binding is tight and square. All original tissue guards present. The book is very clean with the exception of wear / toning to the end papers and some pages that contain the tissue guards | Approx. Size: 9.75″ H x 6″ W.
A wonderful example of this historical title with a great association | A presentation copy by the author Jared Sparks to John Gorham Palfrey with the inscription of “John G. Parfey, with the compliments and regards of the Author, Jan. 31st, 1839.” At the time of the publication of the book, Palfrey was a theologian, writer and professor. However, by 1842, Palfrey opted for a career change, and was elected as a Whig to the Massachusetts House of Representatives and later as MA secretary of state (1844-1848), and a Representative in the U.S. Congress (1847-1849). He was a “Conscience Whig” who opposed slavery, having freed sixteen slaves inherited from his father, who, like his two brothers, was a successful Louisiana plantation owner. His anti-slavery views alienated him from more conservative members of his district, such as the “Cotton Whigs,” and in 1848 he was unsuccessful in his campaign for re-election. However as the anti-slavery movement grew in Massachusetts his fortune changed and he later secured an appointment as Postmaster of Boston, a post he held from 1861 to 1867.
Jared Sparks (May 10, 1789 – March 14, 1866) was an American historian, educator, and Unitarian minister. He served as President of Harvard College (now Harvard University) from 1849 to 1853.
Perfect for the collector of historical books and made that much more important having been presented to John Gordon Palfrey, a passionate politician during the era leading up to the Civil War and one who championed the fight against slavery.