Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 219

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THE FIRST FULL HISTORY OF THE WAR BY AN AMERICAN (AMERICAN REVOLUTION--HISTORY.) Gordon, William. The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the . . . United States. 9 folding maps. 4 volumes. 8vo, contemporary tree calf, moderate wear to backstrips, lacking 2 spine labels; moderate foxing, offsetting and minor wear to maps; 1789 signatures of early owner G. Cavendish on title pages, bookplates of Lord Farnham on front pastedowns. London, 1788...

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first edition. The Rev. William Gordon (1728-1807) came to America in 1770 to serve as the pastor of the Third Congregational Church in Roxbury, MA, and became a strong supporter of the patriot cause. However, he worried that his history would ruffle the feathers of some American politicians, so he returned to England in 1786 to publish this work. George Washington appears on the subscriber list alongside many other distinguished Ameri ... first edition. The Rev. William Gordon (1728-1807) came to America in 1770 to serve as the pastor of the Third Congregational Church in Roxbury, MA, and became a strong supporter of the patriot cause. However, he worried that his history would ruffle the feathers of some American politicians, so he returned to England in 1786 to publish this work. George Washington appears on the subscriber list alongside many other distinguished Americans, so Gordon's reputation must have been respectable. "To its preparation Jefferson contributed some aid"--Howes G256. Sabin 28011.