London. 1787. Two volumes. xv,462; xii,432pp. plus two folding maps and three folding plates. Leaf R3 (pp.245-246) in the first volume supplied in facsimile, with the upper half of the original leaf loosely laid in. Modern three-quarter morocco and cloth, spines gilt. Bookplate on front pastedowns. Some light scattered foxing. Good. Item #WRCAM753
The first British edition of the first volume paired with the second edition of the second volume. A classic American travel narrative, called by Howes "the first trustworthy account of life in the United States." Chastellux was second in command of the French forces in America during the American Revolution. A member of the French Academy and an enlightened and perceptive man, his work describes his travels in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, and his visits with Washington and Jefferson, with much material relating to the Revolution. The maps trace the author's route, one showing Virginia and the other illustrating America from New Jersey to New England. HOWES C324. CLARK I:212. SABIN 12227.