Description:244pp. Fair only: early sheep, top cover loose, missing rear fep...244pp. Fair only: early sheep, top cover loose, missing rear fep. Ffep & ftspc missing top margin (down to top of G. W. 's whig, generously age stained. This is a good copy to read to the grands. SIX WOOD ENGRAVINGS
Description:Very Good- 228 pages; Original brown leather binding, pastedown...Very Good- 228 pages; Original brown leather binding, pastedown endpapers covered with early 19th century clipped newspaper. Leather rubbed at extremeties, minor loss at head of spine. Former owner's name and info on ffep and first blank "Them that read freely use, take god care and not abouse", scattered foxing throughout. Contains seven of the eight engravings (missing engraving is the map), several of the plates have tears along gutter with some loss of printed legend, two have larger marginal chips, images clear. Mason Locke Weems (1759 – 1825), known as Parson Weems, was an American book agent and author. He is best known as the source of the famous tale of the cherry tree about George Washington included in this book. Weems' book was an early "bestseller" lauding Washington's virtues and providing a morally instructive tale for young people. It is an entertaining rather than scholarly work. The publisher of this book Matthew Carey, born in Dublin in 1760, entered the bookselling and printing business in 1775. At 17 years old, he published a pamphlets criticizing dueling the severity of the Irish penal code. Threatened with prosecution, Carey moved to Paris, where he met Dr. Benjamin Franklin, who hired Carey to work in his own printing office. After another turn in Ireland, Carey finally settled in Philadelphia in 1874 where he established his publishing and bookselling business.
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