JOURNALS OF MAJOR ROBERT ROGERS: CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF SEVERAL EXCURSIONS HE MADE UNDER THE GENERALS WHO COMMANDED UPON THE CONTINENT OF NORTH AMERICA, DURING THE LATE WAR. PLUS SINGLE PAGE ADVERTISEMENT FOR SUBSCRIBERS TO A SECOND VOLUME
by Rogers, Robert
London: Printed for the Author, and sold by J. Millan, 1765. Half title. 1p. page "advertisement" for subscribers to a second volume (which never appeared), 2pp. publisher's advertisements. Expertly bound to style in half 18th-century russia over contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, spine in compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece in the second. Very good. Provenance: Col. Thomas Aspinwall (1786-1876, label noting gift to:); Brookline Public Library (bookplate, with date "26 September 1859"). First edition of this classic narrative of the French and Indian War, complete with the half title and the two advertisement leaves at the rear which are not always present: here with an interesting provenance. Rogers acted as a scout for the 1755 expedition against Crown Point, and in 1756 became captain of an independent company of Rangers. He made scores of raids against the French in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, going as far west as the shores of Lake Huron. His exploits, detailed in this book, made him the most romantic and famous figure of the war in America. The book has served as the basis for much romantic fiction, most notably Kenneth Roberts' NORTHWEST PASSAGE. Rogers went on to briefly lead British rangers at the outset of the Revolution, raising recruits to fight against the American rebels. Colonel Thomas Aspinwall was born in Brookline, and by the time he died in 1876 in Boston, he was the oldest surviving officer who had fought in the War of 1812. He also served as United States Consul in London from 1815 to 1853, and was a noted bibliophile whose collection was described in A CATALOGUE OF BOOKS RELATING TO AMERICA, IN THE COLLECTION OF COLONEL ASPINWALL (Paris, n.d. but 1831?). The Colonel's gift of this book in 1859 ensured that it was not included in the auction sale of his library held in Boston in May 1879. HOWES R419, "b." GAGNON II:1828. GREENLY MICHIGAN 16. BELL R366. JCB 1474. LANDE 760. WINSOR V, pp.592-93. CLARK II:58. THOMSON 996. SABIN 72725. TPL 393. VAIL 563. STREETER SALE1029. GRAFF 3555. FIELD 1315. (Inventory #: WRCAM39221)
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