London: Printed for R. Faulder...and J. Milliken, 1780. xii,608,44pp. plus large folding map and thirteen plates. 20th-century dark green crushed morocco by Pratt, boards paneled in gilt, spine elaborately gilt and with raised bands, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Bookplate on front pastedown, front free endpaper partially detached. Folding map backed with linen. Internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM55103
The first edition of a reputedly "impartial" history of the American Revolution attributed to Edmund Burke. "Of the narrative on the American war in the 'Annual Register,' Dr. William Smyth, in his 'Lectures on modern history,' says '...The account is understood to have been drawn up by Edmund Burke'.... The sections from the Register were reprinted as 'An impartial history of the war in America, between Great Britain and her colonies, from its commencement to the end of the year 1779" - Winsor. The book contains a large map titled "A New Map of North America," which has no separate imprint or publication information. The map shows America from Newfoundland and Hudson's Bay south to Florida and all the way west into Louisiana Territory. It is highly detailed, labeled with forts, factories, rivers, Indian tribes, and settlements. This copy has all thirteen of the rare portraits, showing the following important historical figures in full length: William Howe, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, an American rifleman, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, Robert Hopkins, Charles Lee, Richard Howe, General Putnam, Benjamin Franklin, David Wooster, and Horatio Gates. An important contemporary history of the American Revolution, by one of the most incisive political minds of his time, and with the full complement of plates, infrequently found thus. HOWES B975, "aa." WINSOR 500. ESTC T45611. SABIN 34375. ADAMS 80-45a. CHURCH 1171.