Sale 2486 - Lot 220
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(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--HISTORY.) Ramsay, David. The History of the American Revolution. vi, 359; iv, 360 pages. 2 volumes. 8vo, early calf, moderate wear; foxing, hinge split in first volume before page 1, second volume lacks free endpapers, small sticker on front pastedown of second volume. Philadelphia, 1789
first edition. The author had served as a South Carolina representative in the Continental Congress during the war, giving him access to the official papers. This and another work by Ramsay were the first works copyrighted by the authority of the United States government. As no copyright law was yet in place, this was done by a special act of Congress on 20 April 1789. Evans 22090; Howes R35; Sabin 67687.