Nov 17, 2016 - Sale 2432

Sale 2432 - Lot 37

Price Realized: $ 750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1782.) Arnold, Charles Henry. The New and Impartial Universal History of North and South America. Frontispiece plate. xi, [1], [25]-276 pages, lacking ad pages 13-24 usually found in rear. 12mo, contemporary 1/4 calf with vellum corners, worn, needs binding; moderate wear, foxing, and finger-soiling, closed tear to title page; later owner's tag on front pastedown. London, [1781 or 1782]

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The author was a Philadelphia Loyalist relocated to London, and not entirely impartial. The last and most interesting half covers the events surrounding the Revolution, ending in mid-1781 with Benedict Arnold making "some progress in Virginia." He also notes that "Washington, though he has for some time threatened an attack upon York-Island, seems contented to remain within his lines." The British surrender at Yorktown would soon change the narrative. Adams, American Controversy 82-9a; Howes A326; Sabin 2064. Only one other known at auction since 1977.