STEDMAN, Charles (1753-1812)
The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American war
London: printed for the Author, sold by J. Murray, J. Debrett and J. Kerby, 1794. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches). Half-titles. 15 engraved maps and plans (11 folding). (Pp.53/54 in vol.II holed with some paper loss).
Contemporary blue/grey paper-covered boards, rebacked to style with cream paper backstrips and paper labels, uncut (some rubbing to board edges), blue half morocco clamshell boxes
Provenance: G. Rushout (ownership inscription dated 1798)
First edition of a fundamental work to any collection relating to the American Revolution. This copy uncut in original boards.
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.