Memoirs of My Own Times; Diagrams and Plans, Illustrative of the Principal Battles and Military Affairs, Treated of in Memoirs of My Own Times (Four Volume Set)
by Wilkinson, James
Philadelphia: Abraham Small. Good. 1816. First Edition. Hardcover. An early American memoir and collection of military diagrams by a notorious historical figure, hard to find with its original complementary atlas. Three three-quarter leather volumes of memoir accompanied by a map volume. Memoir volumes: Marbled boards and edges, green endpapers, heavily rubbed surfaces and edges, bumped corners. Decorative gilt on spines, somewhat worn on Volume 2. A pasted on black label on Volume I is missing half. The volume I front board is almost detached, barely hanging on at the hinge, and the volume two front board is loose. Volume I: xv, -855,  appendix, 7 folded plans and 3 folded facsimiles. A terminal errata leaf recorded in other copies is not present. One facsimile has a one and a half inch tear where it is tipped in and another has edge chips. A few letters of loss from adhesive mark on last page. Volume II: , -578,  appendix. Three-inch tear on first text page, pages 3-6 bottom third is missing. Volume III: , 1-496, 2 folding tables. Atlas Volume: Original grey card covers, 11 1/2" x 9", with partially repaired spine and hinges. Soil, creasing, and light dampstains on boards. Pages are rough-trimmed with a few chipped corners and light soil. Light foxing and dampstains on endpapers and first few pages. An previous owner's inscription dated 1846 is written sideways on the title page. 23 leaves printed on one side only, with several as half sheets or larger folding plans and a few with tears where they are tipped in. A few have handcoloring and the title page has a six-inch repaired strip on the top edge, barely affecting the first line of the title. James Wilkinson had a varied career as a Revolutionary War and War of 1812 officer, statesman, and territorial governor, and after his death he was found to have been a spy for the Spanish. Included are plans from the War of 1812, where Wilkinson served as a major general in the St. Lawrence River theater. Wilkinson published this memoir attempting to clear his name after his final discharge from the military in 1815. The memoir volumes all have the association of the penciled name "Colonel Wool" on several front and last pages, probably Colonel John Wool, who served in the War of 1812 and later wars. Howes W 429, Sabin 104029. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall . (Inventory #: 011435)
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