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The history of the late war in North-America - MANTE, Thomas - 1772. 
London printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand 1772 - First edition. 4to (30 x 24 cm), , viii, 542, [2, errata] pp., 18 folding engraved plates, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, red morocco lettering piece, edges sprinkled red, small worm track in blank margin at end not affecting text, a fine, fresh example. "The best contemporary account of this war" (Howes). Thomas Mante was an engineer during the siege of Havana and Major of a brigade in the campaign of 1764. Of the French and Indian War in North America, Mante provides a detailed account of the Braddock campaign, other frontier campaigns under Washington (including his 1753 escape from assassination by his Indian interpreter and guide), Amherst, Bradstreet, Bouquet, and other Canadian campaigns. The history begins with the encroachment of the French in 1754 and concludes with the Treaty of Peace in 1763, followed by a narrative of the campaigns against the Indians in 17631764. The maps have been regarded as by far the best that relate to the war; they include several seminal maps ("Sketch of the Cherokee Country" and others) which are superior to any produced hitherto. "It is probable that but few were printed, though the large and beautiful plans and military maps (which give it so great a value) must have made it a work of great expense" (Sabin). Scarce. Thomas Mante (1733-1802), army officer and historian, was appointed as senior second lieutenant of the 94th company of marines on 25 June 1756. On 1 November 1759 he transferred to the 56th company of marines as its junior first lieutenant. As a marine officer he participated in the West Indies campaigns of 1759 and 1762, and by 7 June 1762 he was one of seventeen assistant engineers engaged by the earl of Albemarle for the siege of Havana. By 24 June 1762 he was a lieutenant in the 77th regiment of foot, which left for New York late in August 1762 after the capture of Havana from Spanish forces. Following the peace of 1763 newer regiments such as Mante's 77th were disbanded, but Mante's company joined Colonel Henry Bouquet's campaign against Pontiac's coalition of Native American tribes during the summer of 1763. His next post was brigade major in Colonel John Bradstreet's expedition in 1764 to make peace with Pontiac's coalition. Mante prepared four books for the press: his masterpiece, the History of the Late War in North America (1772) and three translations of works on military tactics by Colonel Joly de Maizeroy or his school, A Treatise on the Use of Defensive Arms (1770), the two-volume System of Tactics (written in 176971, though not published until 1781), and the Elementary Principles of Tactics (1771). The three works on military science provide the theoretical foundation for his History, and the four works should be regarded as a tetralogy of 1600 pages offering an epic portrait of men at war. His History has been widely praised by historians, and some passages have been quoted repeatedly, such as the description of the horrors of thirst and yellow fever at the siege of Havana in 1762. The maps comprise: 1. Fort Beausjour and the adjacent country. 2. Lake Ontario and the River St. Lawrence. 3. Portion of New York showing Lake George &c. from Crown Point to Fort Edward. 4. plan of Fort Edward and the environs. 5. The Communications between Albany and Oswego. 6. Plan of the attack on Louisbourg. 7. Plan of the attack on Ticonderoga. 8. Plan of Fort Pitt or Pittsburg. 9. Plan of Guadeloupe. 10. Plan of the attack on Quebec. 11. Sketch of the Cherokee Country. 12. River St. Lawrence from Lake Ontario to Montreal. 13. Plan of the attack on Fort Levi. 14. Plan of the St. Lawrence from Montreal to the Island of St. Barnaby. 15. Marinico. 16. St. Lucia. 17. Plan of the attack on the Havanna. 18. Plan of retaking Newfoundland. Church 1092; Sabin 44396. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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