Charlottesville, Va. University Press of Virginia, 1983. Two volumes. xxviii,,390; xxiv,,385pp. Original blue cloth, gilt stamped, in crisp dust jackets. Boards slightly dampstained, light dust soiling to jackets. Small bookplates on rear pastedowns. Internally fine. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM51999
First edition. First two volumes of George Washington's papers from the American colonial period, comprising his manuscripts and correspondence from 1748 to 1756. "The first volume of the PAPERS, spanning the years 1748 to August 1755, reveals much about the young Washington: his relationship with friends and family, his efforts to establish himself as a surveyor, and his growing ambition for a military career in the face of the threat to his colony from French encroachment on the frontier.... Volume 2... begins in August 1755 and covers Washington's correspondence to April 1756. In the autumn of 1755, the twenty-three-year-old Washington was given command of the newly reorganized Virginia Regiment. This volume treats in detail the military, strategic, and logistical problems that the young commander faced in creating the regiment." An important historical reference.