Burlington: C. Goodrich & S.B. Nichols, 1849. 50pp. Modern blindstamped calf, spine gilt. Adhesion residue on boards. Institutional stamp on titlepage (Sheldon's Museum). A few marginal annotations, a few leaves with small tears in upper margin due to rough openings (not affecting text), three tears neatly repaired with tape. Occasional moderate foxing. Good plus. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM55746
"Fifth edition, with notes." Ethan Allen's Revolutionary War captivity narrative was first published in 1779, and all early editions of the work are quite scarce. As leader of the Green Mountain Boys, Allen played a crucial role in the attack on Fort Ticonderoga, and proved to be a constant source of difficulty to the British in the northeast. He was captured in September, 1775, while leading a group of New Englanders and Quebecois in an attack on Montreal, and suffered two years of brutal captivity in British prisons, aboard prison ships, and in the New York City jail. Allen was finally exchanged for a British prisoner and wrote this account of his ordeal, excoriating the British for their cruelty and calling on Americans to forsake any thought of compromise in the revolutionary cause. Allen's narrative was very popular, "and is rated second among best-selling books of the revolutionary period after Thomas Paine's COMMON SENSE" (ANB). It was reprinted several times in the following decades. Gilman lists this printing as the eleventh edition overall. HOWES A136. GILMAN, VERMONT, p.6.