"WE HAVE OVERSHOT OUR MARK… IT IS IMPOSSIBLE WE SHOULD SUCCEED”
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (WASHINGTON, George) (BACHE, Benjamin Franklin). Epistles Domestic, Confidential, and Official. New-York, 1796.
First edition of a signal volume of Washington’s correspondence featuring seven infamous forgeries that lead this otherwise authentic collection in an attempt to tarnish his legacy with early political propaganda. Washington repudiated the Revolutionary-era forgeries for the first time on publication of Epistles, charging “he had never seen or heard of them until they appeared in print," with engraved frontispiece portrait, an exceptional uncut copy in original boards. $1400.