Lot 103 of 222:
Stedman's American Revolution, 1794, with maps & plans  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$6,600
Estimate:
$3,000 - $5,000

Title:
The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War
Author:
Stedman, Charles
Place:
London
Publisher:
Printed for the author, and sold by J. Murray, et al.
Date:
Description:

2 volumes. xv, [1], 399; xv, [1], 449, [1], [13 pp. With 15 engraved maps & plans, all but 4 of them folding, 1 with an overlay. (4to) 26.2x20 cm (10¼x8"), later full calf, spines tooled in gilt with the stamps of the Earl of Sussex, morocco lettering pieces. First Edition.

First edition of what is generally considered the "best contemporary account of the Revolution written from the British side," as noted by Sabin. Charles Stedman, a Philadelphia-born loyalist, was an officer under Lord Percy at Lexington and Concord; under General Howe in the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania campaigns; and with Cornwallis in the south. Thus many of his descriptions of battles are derived from first-hand observation. Stedman also oversaw the production of the excellent, finely engraved maps and battle plans. Heald notes: “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.” Some foxing and offset to the maps, a few with short stub or crease tears; the overlay on the Bunker Hill map with a small piece of upper right corner torn off, the map with a short rear as well; map facing p.362 in Vol. I with tape repair; map facing p.358 in Vol. II split 10" along one fold.

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Condition:
Joints cracked, spine ends chipped, corners worn; very good condition overall.
 
Item number:
289243
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