Each printed London: J. Debrett, 1783. Two separately issued volumes in one: , [1 blank], 112; , [1 blank], xvi, , 260 pp. Errata slip laid down at bottom of page 260, Folding Table. Untrimmed. Bound in quarter sheep and marbled paper over boards [lightly rubbed, front board nearly detached]. A Very Good copy of each of these dueling pamphlets. The Cornwallis pamphlet lacks the final four pages of advertisements collated by Howes and Adams. Private bookplate on front pastedown.
This is the first edition of Cornwallis's defense of his actions in the disastrous Yorktown campaign, and the fifth edition of Clinton's Narrative [the first six editions all printed in 1783]. The Narrative "Consists primarily of the correspondence between Cornwallis and Clinton, 18 Jan. to 18 Aug. 1781" [Adams]. Their heated pamphlet war resulted from the attempt of each to blame the other for the British defeat at Yorktown. Clinton, Commander of the British forces in America, says Cornwallis was at fault; Cornwallis said he was just doing what Clinton told him to do. The two presentations shed much light on the battle which resulted in the decisive American victory.
Howes C496, C781aa. Adams, American Controversy 83-21f, 83-29. Streeter Sale 800. Item #27596