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Burgoyne, John
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Burgoyne, John
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Burgoyne, John

A State of the Expedition from Canada, as laid before the House of Commons ... the second edition. London: Printed for J. Almon, 1780

8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.; 215 x 130 mm). 6 folding engraved maps with some hand-coloring (3 with tipped-in overlays), 1 folding table; a few light spots. 19th-century tree calf, gold roll-tooled border, spine gilt, gilt-stamped red leather title label on spine; upper joint cracking.

Offered with 9 related pamphlets, all save the last, 8vo: Essay on Modern Martyrs: with a Letter to General Burgoyne. London: for Paynes and Faulder, 1780; a few spots on title. 19th-century half leather gilt, in a maroon half-morocco portfolio. Sabin 9261 — A Letter from Lieut. Gen. Burgoyne to his Constituents, upon his late Resignation. London: J. Almon, 1779; title soiled with small mended tear in upper left blank corner. Blue half leather, gilt-stamped title on spine. First edition. Sabin 9251. — Idem ... The Second Edition. London: J. Almon, 1779. Brown half-leather, gilt-stamped title on spine.Idem....The Fourth Edition. London: J. Almon, 1779. Modern speckled calf, gilt-stamped green title label on spine. — Idem. ...The Fifth Edition. London: J. Almon, 1779. Green half leather, gilt-stamped title on spine. — Idem. ...The Sixth Edition. London: J. Almon, 1779. Ms. exlibris "R. Leycester" on title. Blue half leather, gilt-stamped title on spine. — The Substance of General Burgoyne's Speeches, on Mr. Vyner's Motion, On the 26th of May ... London: J. Almon, 1778; a few spots on title, without the second leaf of preliminaries. 19th-century blue-green half calf, in a light-blue half-morocco portfolio; corners and backstrip rubbed. First edition. Sabin 9257. — Idem ...The Third Edition. London: J. Almon, 1778. Half-title. Red half-leather, gilt-stamped title on spine. — The Speech of a General Officer in the House of Commons, February 20, 1775. N.p., n.d. 4to; clean tears on 4 leaves mended with cello tape. Red half-leather, gilt-stamped title on spine.


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Provenance

Copley bookplates

Literature

Sabin 9255 (other references cited above)

Catalogue Note

Fine set of pamphlets concerning the charges brought against General Burgoyne after his defeat at Saratoga.

Although the Continental Congress did not provide for the return of the prisoners taken in this engagement, Burgoyne was paroled and allowed to return to England to answer charges. Denied an audience with the king or a court-martial, he had to answer charges in Parliament, making a public spectacle of his conduct and the general conduct of the war. He later joined the opposition and came to oppose the American war.

The JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: MAGNIFICENT AMERICAN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS: FIRST SELECTION

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