The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America: including an Account of the Late War; and of the Thirteen Colonies, from their origin to that period.

London: Printed for the Author and sold by Charles Dilly and James Buckland, 1788. First edition. 8vo. 4 volumes: (26), 504; (8), 584; (8), 499; (8), 446, (34, index) pp. Nine engraved folding maps and plans; errata. Gordon sympathized with the Colonials so much that he resigned his pastorate in England and emigrated to America. According to Justin Windsor in his "Narrative and Critical History of America," he interviewed Nathanael Greene, which may explain a more thorough reading of the southern campaign. The details of the maps are exceptional. Howes G-256: "First full-scale history of this war by an American; to its preparation Jefferson contributed some aid." Sabin 28011: "Gordon is deservedly reckoned as the most impartial and reliable of the numerous historians of the American Revolution." Gephart 996. Reese Revolutionary Hundred 86. Larned 1341: "Becoming pastor of the church at Jamaica Plain, now a district of Boston, [Gordon] was throughout the Revolution a spectator close at hand of many important events, and the associate of many of the chief patriots. Returning to England he published his history, which has been held to be a source of value for more than a hundred years." Sowerby 487, a 4-page entry showing correspondence between Gordon and Jefferson and outlining Jefferson's contributions. An attractive copy, the text crisp and clean, in a lovely new binding. Period-style calf, gilt rules and leather labels on spine, gilt scroll on edges, by Philip Dusel. (9753). Item #62189

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