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Histoire de la Derniere Guerre, Entre la Grande-Bretagne, et les États-Unis de l'Amérique, la France, l'Espagne, et la Hollande
Paris: Chez Brocas, 1787. 4to. (10 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches). 7 engraved folding maps, 2 folding tables. Period dark purple morocco backed pebbled cloth covered boards, flat spine in five compartments divided by a gilt roll tool, lettered in the second compartment, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers. First edition of one of the best contemporary histories of the American Revolution, described by Howes as the "best French chronicle of the Revolution; particularly valuable on naval affairs" : this copy from the son of a French Admiral who served in the war and was a founding member of the Society of Cincinnati. The maps include an excellent one of the American coast from Georgia to New Jersey, another from that region north to Nova Scotia, and several of the West Indies. The folding maps also include the Gulf of Mexico, St. Kitt's, and the Lesser Antilles. The folding tables detail war ships lost by combat, wreck, or capture, and the French officers killed or wounded. This copy with significant provenance to the son of a French naval hero and a founding member of the Society of Cincinnati. The title page is signed by Bernard de Marigny, the son of Charles-René-Louis, vicomte de Bernard de Marigny (1740-1816), the commander of the French frigates Belle Poule, Junon and the captured HMS Ardent during the war and an associate of Benjamin Franklin. Interestingly, his son has annotated this copy with interesting marginalia (one dated 1842) in French concerning his father, mother, family relations, as well as George Washington, Lafayette and more. Howes L-166. Leclerq 827. Sabin 39613.
      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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