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GORDON, WILLIAM. The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the ... United States.
New York: Hodge, Allen and Campbell, 1789. First American edition of the first full history of the war by an American. 3 volumes, modern half calf over boards. 8 x 4 3/4 inches (20.5 x 12 cm); 443, [1] pp.; 474 pp.; 446 pp.; with the two extremely scarce maps, as follows. Volume I contains the New Map of the States of Georgia South and North Carolina Virginia and Maryland Including the Spanish Provinces of West and East Florida... (engraved by Cornelius Tiebout. Volume II has the A New Map of the States of Pensylvania New Jersey New York Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusets and New Hampshire Including Nova Scotia and Canada... (also engraved by Tiebout). Some offsetting between the sections of the folding map, generally quite clean an unrestored. The text is lightly foxed and toned. Signature of Charles Goldsborough Jr. on the titles, perhaps the Congressman and Maryland governor.

An important work of Revolutionary War history, this is almost invariably found without the two fine maps. We note only one two copies with them that have been sold at auction since the 1980s, the last in 2012. The author came to America from England in 1770 to serve as the pastor of the Third Congregational Church in Roxbury, MA. He was a supporter of the American patriot cause, but he returned to England in 1786 as he was concerned that his account would cause some dissension in American political circles. He published the first edition of this work there in 1788." To its preparation Jefferson contributed some aid"--Howes G256. Evans 21861; Sabin 28011.

Sold for $8,190
Estimate $1,000-1,500

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