New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1844. xvii, [1 blank], -328 pp, plus ten folding engraved lithographed battle maps. Text and maps clean and Very Good. Original boards [worn], firmly rebacked with original paper spine label retained.
Ours is the earliest obtainable and the first published edition. It is the first after the 1787 Exeter printing, which is "one of the legendary rarities of Revolutionary War books. It remains one of the black tulips of early Americana" [Reese]. It "was not published for sale, but was printed for private distribution only. The date of printing is given in the editor's preface of the edition of 1844. Rich says its existence was almost unknown until a copy turned up in the Chalmers sale of 1841. It was reprinted in New York in 1844, with an anonymous memoir of Simcoe" [Church].
"The Queen's Rangers were composed entirely of American loyalists, and were in continuous action during the years 1777-1783. The operations covered here took place in the vicinity of New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, Staten Island, the neighborhood of Philadelphia, Germantown, etc., in North and South Carolina, Virginia, at the time of Arnold's Invasion, and through the whole subsequent movement in that state, until Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown" [Streeter].
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Reese, Revolutionary Hundred 84, Church 1223, Streeter Sale 808 [1787 printing]. Howes S461. I Clark 311. Item #37767