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A State Of The Expedition from Canada, as Laid Before the House of Commons
London: J. Almon, 1780. First edition. full polished calf, ruled in gilt, lettered in gilt on spine with raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Edges a little rubbed and two very small ?gouges? on front cover, a few preliminary and terminal leaves with a little foxing, old name in brown ink on recto of first fly leaf, else fine. Large quarto (10.5 x 8.25 inches) . Illustrated with folding map and 5 folding plans, drawn by Medcalfe and engraved by William Faden This is Burgoyne?s defense of his conduct as the commander of the British expedition down the Hudson Valley from Canada in 1777. Intended to cut off the New England colonies from the rest of rebellious America, the expedition ended in disaster in Saratoga, where American forces soundly defeated Burgoyne and forced his capitulation. Herein Burgoyne answers the inquiry of the House of Commons, demonstrating that the forces he was given were not sufficient to accomplish the task. This is the most important source for information about the campaign, illustrated with excellent maps and plans. This is also Burgoyne?s well-illustrated account of his famous Hudson Valley campaign, which ended in his surrender at Schuylerville and turned the tide by precipitating French entry into the Revolution on the American side. Burgoyne?s writing is interesting and historically of inestimable signifucance, by documenting one of the crucial moments of the American Revolution. The plans are beautifully drawn by Mr. Medcalfe and engraved by William Faden. They depict the troop positions at Bennington, Huberton, and the several battles near Saratoga. All with key positions and routes coloured by hand. The maps are: Map of the Countyy in Which the Army of Burgoyne Acted in the Campaign of 1777. Plan of the Action at Huberton. Postiion of the Detachment uner Leity. Col. Baum at Walmscock near Bennington. Plan of th Encampment at Swords House. Plan of the Encampment at Braemus Heights. Postiion which the Army took at Saratoga [Gephart 6179 / Howes B968. Streeter II, 794. Sabin 9255. Lande 69. Gagnon I, 613. DNB III pp.340-342. John Carter Brown II, 2620. Dionne II, 841].
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