New York: Macmillan Company, 1936. First Edition. First Printing. Black & white plates. Original cloth. Octavo. [xvi], 217 pages. Good in Very Good dust jacket. Moderate foxing to frontispiece, title page, and a few other interior leaves as well as underside of dust jacket and binding. Endpapers browned. Lengthy citation on rear pastedown. Titles on spine and upper board clear and sharp, hinges sound.
A history of the adventures of Gen. George Washington's Aides and secretaries through the Revolutionary War, from which emerges a delightfully human picture of Washington himself. Much of the information comes from diaries and unpublished letters of the Aides themselves, along with material tucked away in publications of historical societies, etc. This copy belonged to Col. Harrison Tilghman--a descendant of Washington Aide-de-Camp Tench Tilghman, with a non-authorial presentation inscription on front free endpaper: "To Col. Harrison Tilghman, my young and excellent friend of 'Foxley Hall.' Compliments, Frederick F. Lyden, of 'Potter Hall,' New York July 1936." Lyden was secretary of the Association of Stock Exchange Firms in New York. Tench Tilghman is covered at length in the book, and it must have pleased Lyden greatly to make this presentation to the younger Tilghman. Both gentlemen's estates were located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Nice copy with a great association, scarce in dust jacket.