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The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American war
printed for the Author, sold by J. Murray, J. Debrett and J. Kerby, London 1794 - xv,[1],399; xv,[1],449,[13]pp. Half-titles. 15 engraved maps and plans (11 folding, one with an over-flap). (Tape residue on front free endpaper of first volume. Occasional light foxing. Some offsetting on maps. One map with two-inch closed tear near gutter.). Modern three quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt morocco spine labels. First edition of a fundamental work to any collection relating to the American Revolution. This work is "generally considered the best contemporary account of the Revolution written from the British side" (Sabin). The beautifully engraved maps (the largest of which is approximately 20 x 30 inches) are the finest collection of plans assembled by an eyewitness. They depict the sieges of Savannah and Charlestown, plus the battles of Saratoga, Camden, Guilford, Hobkirk's Hill, and Yorktown. Stedman was a native of Philadelphia, a Loyalist who served as an officer under Howe, Clinton, and Cornwallis, and later became an examiner of Loyalist claims for the British government. He had first hand knowledge of many of the campaigns and persons involved in the effort. He is critical of Howe, and describes all the major theatres of war, as well as individual battles from Bunker Hill to Yorktown. Howes S914; JCB II:372; Lowndes V, p.2504; Sabin 91057; Winsor VI, p.518. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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