GORDON, William (1728-1807)
The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America: Including an Account of the Late War; and of the Thirteen Colonies, from their Origin to that Period
London: Printed for the Author, 1788. 4 volumes, 8vo. (8 x 4 7/8 inches). Vol. 1: (24), 504 pp. Folding map: "The United States of America." Vol. 2: (6), 584 pp. Folding maps: "Boston, and its Environs," "The Jerseys, &c. &c.," "New York Island, & parts adjacent," and folding map of Canada at rear. Vol. 3: (6), 499 pp. Folding maps: 'The Carolina's, with part of Georgia," "A Sketch of the Operations before Charlestown, south Carolina, 1780." Vol. 4: (6), 445 pp., 34 pp. index. Folding maps: "The Part of Virginia which was the Seat of Action," "Yorktown, and Gloucester Point, as besieged by The Allied Army."
Modern half red morocco over marbled boards, spine in 6 compartments, lettered gilt.
A fine set of the desirable first edition of the "first full-scale history of this war by an American; to its preparation Jefferson contributed some aid," with 9 engraved folding maps (Howes).
William Gordon was a dissenting minister in England, who like many of his class sympathized with the contention of the Thirteen Colonies. Going to America during the disturbances, and becoming pastor of the church at Jamaica Plain, now a district of Boston, he was throughout the Revolution a spectator close at hand of many important events, and the associate of many of the chief patriots. Gordon's is considered the most reliable of the first generation of American Revolution historians. The work is noted for its folding maps, engraved by T. Conder, which include a general map of the United States, as well as maps of New England, New Jersey, Virginia, the Carolinas, maps of the areas surrounding Boston and New York City, plus battle plans of Fort Moultrie and Yorktown.
Sabin 28011; Larned 134; Gephart 996; Revolutionary Hundred, 86; Howes G256.