The History of the Origin, Progress and Termination of the American War...
by Stedman, Charles.
2 vols. London: Printed for the Author, 1794. 2 vols., 4to, xv, 399; xv, 449, (15, index and list of plates)pp. With 15 engraved maps, 11 of them folding, the first one with an overlay, tears in folds (one repaired with tape and browned). Later polished calf, gilt-panelled backstrip[s, black labels, joints split but sound. The Duke of Sussex copy with his gilt stamp on each backstrip. A fairly good if a bit knocked about copy of a great (and expensive) book, with a fine provenance. First edition of this essential title for any collection related to the American Revolution. It is "generally considered the best contemporary account of the Revolution written from the British side" (Sabin). Heald notes: “The beautifully engraved maps (the largest of which is approximately 20 x 30 inches) are the finest collection of plans assembled by an eyewitness. They depict the sieges of Savannah and Charlestown, plus the battles of Saratoga, Camden, Guilford, Hobkirk's Hill, and Yorktown. Stedman was a native of Philadelphia, a Loyalist who served as an officer under Howe, Clinton, and Cornwallis, and later became an examiner of Loyalist claims for the British government. He had first hand knowledge of many of the campaigns and persons involved in the effort. He is critical of Howe, and describes all the major theatres of war, as well as individual battles from Bunker Hill to Yorktown.” JCB II:372; Sabin 91057; Winsor VI, p.518; ESTC T114190.Howes S-914. (Inventory #: 106398)
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