Boston: Re-printed by Thomas and John Fleet, 1780. Two volumes (of three), in original unbound gatherings, with original binder's stab holes in gutter, stitched, untrimmed. 88 (of 90); 381,,34pp. (lacking many leaves, as described below). Also with an extra variant copy of the first gathering (80pp.) only of the second volume. Two volumes in original gathered signatures, untrimmed. First volume bit tanned. Two small stamps on titlepage of second volume. Overall very good, in completely unsophisticated original state. The extra variant of the first 80pp. of the second volume is bound in modern three- quarter cloth and marbled boards; tanned, some paper repairs to titlepage, but otherwise good, untrimmed. The whole is laid in two separate half morocco clamshell boxes. Item #WRCAM23787
A substantial portion of this extremely rare history of the American Revolution, printed in Boston, and apparently based on British sources, including William Russell's HISTORY OF AMERICA and Burke's AN IMPARTIAL HISTORY OF THE WAR IN AMERICA. A complete set consists of three volumes, though the work is sometimes described as complete in two volumes, with the first two volumes together styled the first volume. The present offering consists of the following: 1) A nearly complete example of the first volume, with eighty-eight of ninety pages present, lacking only the final text leaf. 2) An incomplete, though extensive, set of the unbound sheets of the second volume, lacking leaf K8 (pages 159-169) and pages 225-288 and 353-358, but all other parts are present. The third and final volume, consisting of 84, pages (not present here) brought the account up to 1779. 3) A variant printing of the first section (eighty pages) of the second volume, in which dashes are not used in the chapter summaries at the head of each chapter. "A complete set is of extreme rarity" - Sabin. HOWES H532, "b." EVANS 16797. SABIN 32192. GEPHART 1000.