London. 1818. Two volumes. Vol. 1: xxxii,476pp. plus two folding maps. Vol. 2: 582pp. plus two plates (one folding) which are uncalled for, and are from James' naval history (depict cross-sections of ships), and lacking the two folding maps. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Split starting at each spine, edgeworn. Internally clean. Very good. Lacking from this set are "Part of Lake Ontario and of the River Lawrence" and "Map of General Ross's route, with the British Column, from Benedict, on the Patuxent River, to the City of Washington, 1814." Item #WRCAM3279
First edition of James' account of the War of 1812, from the military viewpoint, following his related work stressing the naval aspects of the conflict. The text is highlighted by the well executed "Map of the Straits of Niagara from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario" and an excellent "Plan of the Operations of the British & American Forces" in the Battle of New Orleans. "One of the best books for the military events of the war of 1812" - Henry Stevens. SABIN 35718. HOWES J52.