[O'BEIRNE, Rev. Thomas Lewis (1748-1823)]
A Candid and Impartial Narrative of the Transactions of the Fleet, under the command of Lord Howe, from the arrival of the Toulon squadron, on the coast of America, to the time of his lordship's departure for England. With observations. By an officer then serving in the fleet. The second edition, revised and corrected, with a plan of the situation of the fleet, within Sandy-Hook
London: printed for J. Almon, . Octavo. (8 1/4 x 5 inches). 58pp. Folding engraved chart titled "Plan of the Situation of the Fleet within Sandy Hook." Expert restoration at head of folding map.
Expertly bound to style in half russia and period marbled paper
The preferred and expanded second edition, published in the same year as the first and including for the first time an engraved map of the entrance to New York's harbour.
The author served as chaplain of the British fleet under Howe, and in this work fiercely defends his commander from criticism of the ministry for failures against Count D'Estaing, arguing that Howe was supplied with inadequate ships. The first edition of the work contained only 44 pages and no map; this preferred edition, published in the same year, contains additional material and the chart of Sandy Hook. The chart shows the locations of each of the ships in Howe's fleet in July 1778 following the British evacuation of Philadelphia, and includes the locations of various inlets, the light house on Sandy Hook, and many soundings.
Howes O4; Sabin 10658; Rich I, p. 275; Adams 78-78b.