PONCE, Nicolas (1746-1831) and others.
Recueil d'estampes representant les differents evenemens de la querre qui a procuré independence aux Etats Unis de l'Amerique.
Paris: chez M. Ponce et chez M. Godefroy, . Quarto. (11 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches). Engraved throughout: title with integral text and vignettes, 15 plates and maps with integral explanatory text (12 views, 2 maps, and a final plate celebrating the peace of 1783).
Original French blue paper-covered boards, contained within a 20th-century blue morocco-backed cloth-covered folding case, titled in gilt on spine
Striking contemporary French views of the American Revolution.
This collection of striking views is one of the few contemporary publications to illustrate scenes from the American Revolution. The first leaf is an engraved title with explanatory text and vignettes of battles. The plates illustrate the tarring and feathering of a tax collector; the battle of Lexington; the surrender at Saratoga; the attack of French forces on the island of Dominica; the surrender of Senegal; the capture of Grenada; Galvez capturing Pensacola; the capture of Tobago; the surrender of Cornwallis; three more scenes of fighting on Guadeloupe; two maps, and the final plate a series of vignettes commemorating the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. Howes notes that this is the first French book to name the United States on the title.
Cresswell 303-307, 333-342; Howes C576; Sabin 68421.