BURGOYNE, John (1722-1792)
A State of the Expedition from Canada, as laid before the House of Commons, by Lieutenant-General Burgoyne, and verified by evidence; with a collection of authentic documents, and an addition of many circumstances which were prevented from appearing before the House by the prorogation of Parliament. Written and collected by himself, and dedicated to the officers of the army he commanded
London: printed for John Almon, 1780. Quarto. (10 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches). viii, 140, lxii, [1, "Advertisement"] pp. 1 folding engraved map with route marked by hand in red, 5 folding engraved plans of battles or engagements (2 with overlays, all with positions and some maneuvers marked by hand in colors), all by William Faden.
Expertly bound to style in half russia and contemporary marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands, ruled in gilt on either side of each band, red morocco lettering piece
Provenance: Johnstone (armorial bookplate)
The first edition of the most important source for information about Burgoyne's campaign during the Revolutionary War.
In this work, General Burgoyne presents to the House of Commons his defense of his conduct as the commander of the British expedition down the Hudson Valley from Canada in 1777. The expedition ended in disaster at Saratoga, where nearly 20,000 American forces under General Gates soundly defeated Burgoyne's army of 5,000 and forced his surrender. His basic point was that he had asked for a force of 12,000 men to accomplish what had been asked of him and eventually he had been forced to fight with an army that initially numbered a little over half that number. The maps and plans by William Faden are excellent and help to complete a work that is the most important contemporary printed source of information about the campaign.
Howes B968; Lande 69; Sabin 9255; Streeter Sale 794; TPL 503.