Sep 28, 2023 - Sale 2646

Sale 2646 - Lot 279

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(GEORGE WASHINGTON.) Bound volume of Gentleman's Magazine, with coverage of Washington's expedition to Ohio and related map. 2 folding maps, 21 [of 24] plates, text illustrations. [4], 603, [21] pages including collective title, preface, supplement, and index. 8vo, contemporary stiff vellum, minor wear and soiling; a few leaves slightly cropped, lacking both plates in January issue and final armorial plate; name of subscriber R. Lumley Kingston inscribed on title pages, subscriber's and later private owner's bookplates on front endpapers. London, January to December 1754

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This volume includes extended coverage of the expedition to the Ohio wilderness which first brought young Major George Washington to the attention of the international stage, and launched the French and Indian War. The June issue contains on pages 253-255 an "Account of a Journey from Williamsburg to the French Fort, near Lake Erri, in Virginia," on the Ohio River, in which "Major Washington was sent by Governor Dinwiddie with a letter to the French commandant on that river, by which he was required to depart."

The July issue includes a related folding map by Emanuel Bowen, "A Map of the British American Plantations . . . Including all the Back Settlements in the Respective Provinces, as Far as the Mississippi."

Washington's actions at the Battle of Jumonville are discussed in the September issue on pages 399-400, including a translation of the French articles of capitulation he was forced to sign without understanding their contents. "Washington was attacked by the Indians when he marched away the next morning, who killed some and plundered others, in which it was said they were encouraged by the French commander, contrary to the capitulation, who, though he pretended to be much concerned, and ran in among the Indians with his sword drawn, yet instead of attempting to restrain and quiet them, he commended their courage."