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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, joints split, one board detached, backstrips chipped; offsetting and minor wear to maps, one map detached, a few early repairs. London, 1788
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.
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