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Philadelphia, Printed; London, Re-printed for T. Jefferies [sic], Geographer to his Majesty., 1766. - [2],xiii,71pp. plus folding engraved map, two engraved plates by Grignion and Canot after Benjamin West, and two engraved plans. Quarto. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked to style. Corners bumped and rubbed. Modern bookplate on rear pastedown. Very minor foxing and soiling. Very good. The principal account of the Bouquet Expedition: a lovely copy of the first British edition containing the famous plates by Benjamin West not found in the American first edition. Bouquet's expedition to relieve Fort Pitt displayed British strength in the Ohio Country in the wake of the conclusion of the French and Indian War, and brought an end to the Pontiac War and the beginning of settlement in the region. The Indians were soundly defeated at the battle of Bushy-Run and treated for peace, releasing captives taken during previous years. Smith describes the campaign, gives an account of the country, tells of Indian warfare, and offers recommendations for repelling the natives. "Originally ascribed to Thomas Hutchins, who accompanied this expedition and executed the 2 plans; but that the book was prepared by Smith, from Bouquet's notes, has been established. This campaign gave Pontiac's conspiracy its death-blow" - Howes. The important map by Thomas Hutchins within the work is titled "A Map of [the] Country on the Ohio & Muskingum Rivers Shewing the Situation of the Indian Towns with respect to the Army under the Command of Colonel Bouquet," and includes an inset showing "A Survey of that part of the Indian Country through which Colonel Bouquet Marched in 1764." The map, re- engraved for this edition, is the most detailed depiction of the Ohio Valley up to that time. The present first British edition contains two famous plates by Benjamin West that did not appear in the first edition published in Philadelphia the previous year ("The Indians giving a Talk to Colonel Bouquet in a Conference at a Council Fire, near his Camp on the Banks of Muskingum in North America, in Octr. 1764" and "The Indians delivering up the English Captives to Colonel Bouquet, near his Camp at the Forks of Muskingum in North America in Novr. 1764"). In addition, this edition contains an appendix not found in the first edition. SABIN 84617. FIELD 1442. THOMSON 1066. HOWES S693, "c." VAIL 572. SIEBERT SALE 279.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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