TRAVELS THROUGH THE INTERIOR PARTS OF AMERICA. IN A SERIES OF LETTERS. By an Officer.

London: Printed for William Lane, 1789. Two volumes. [4],vii,[21],467; [4],558pp., plus partially handcolored folding map and eight plates (five folding). Half titles. Modern half mottled calf and contemporary paper boards, spine gilt with raised bands, gilt red morocco label. Boards rubbed and shelf worn, corners bumped, spines a bit sunned. Archival repair to closed tears on bottom edge of first volume pages 105-06, 403-04 (no text affected), closed tear to top edge of second volume pages 261-62. Two folding plates with closed tears at tabs and small closed tears at fold (no loss of text). Occasional light foxing to text and plates, a few spots of soiling, light even tanning to a few gatherings. Bookplates to front pastedown of each volume (each with library deaccession stamps), early French booksellers' tickets to rear pastedowns of each volume (see below). Very good. Item #WRCAM57301

Thomas Anburey served as an officer with Burgoyne; here, in a series of letters, he describes the disastrous campaign, his captivity by the Americans, and the march of British troops to detention in Charlottesville, Virginia. While some of the general descriptions are taken from other writers, Anburey's account is a fascinating narrative by an observant British officer during the Revolution. The engravings, some of them quite large when unfolded, are based on expert drawings by the author, and show scenes in Canada and New York during the Burgoyne campaign (including a rather gruesome image of an "Indian Warrior Entering his Wigwam with a Scalp"), and in Virginia. This set includes the plates with facsimiles of American currency following p.400 in volume two, which are often absent. These plates are often folding, but in this copy were separated during rebinding.

Deaccessioned from the Harvard College Library, this copy was originally a gift of Massachusetts politician Samuel A. Eliot (1798-1862) in 1823. Eliot may well have acquired the set from Chez Parsons, Galignani et Co. (their booksellers' ticket is on the rear pastedown of both volumes) in Paris, during his European tour after graduating from Harvard Divinity School in 1820.
HOWES A226, "aa." CLARK I:192. SABIN 1366. REESE, REVOLUTIONARY HUNDRED 88.

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