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William James
A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of the Late War Between Great Britain and the United States of America; with an Appendix, and Plates.
London: Printed for the Author. Printed for the Author, Sold by Black, Kingsbury, Parbury and Allen, London, 1818. Contemporary ½ calf with marbled boards, spine with 5 compartments of gilt tooled bands, red morocco label on two and brown label on three, gilt lettering., William James was trained in law and began his career as an attorney. He practiced before the Supreme Court of Jamaica and served as a proctor in the Vice-Admiralty Court of Jamaica from 1801 to 1813. In 1812, when war broke out between Great Britain and the Unites States, James was in the United States. Detained by American authorities as a British national, he escaped to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1813. He began to write about the War of 1812 and particularly defended the reputation of the Royal Navy and pointing out the factual errors and excessive claims that American reports made against the Royal Navy. In 1816, he published his first pamphlet, An inquiry into the merits of the principal naval actions between Great Britain and the United States. This pamphlet caused a controversy in the United States, leading to much American criticism of James' views. Size: 8vo, 4 folding maps. 4 large folding engraved plates incorporating seven maps and plans. Pagination: xxxii + 476 and (2) + 582 + (16)pp. Contemporary half calf, with marbled boards, nicely rebacked with the original title labels, five raised bands. From the library of William Blair of Blair (the 24th Laird) with his armorial bookplate and ownership signature. First edition. An authoritative early history of the land war between Great Britain and the U … [Click Below for Full Description]
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