MILITARY MEMOIRS OF GREAT BRITAIN: OR, A HISTORY OF THE WAR, 1755 - 1763. WITH ELEGANT COPPERPLATES.

Edinburgh: Printed for the Author [by Churnside & Wilson], and Sold by the Principal Booksellers in Great Britain, 1779. [6], xii, [7]-473, [1 blank] pp, extra-illustrated with 21 unpaginated plates and maps [some folding and colored]. The collation calls for only twelve engraved plates. Engraved title page. Occasional minor dusting or shallow blank margin wear, couple of archival reinforcements to blank verso of maps. Bound in modern half calf with marbled boards, spine divided into five compartments each bordered by wave-patterned roll in gilt, title and author lettered in gilt in second compartment, floral stamp in gilt in other compartments, bands outlined with gilt dotted-line, date in gilt near tail. Errata list at page 472. Printed list of directions at page 473 for placing twelve plates; with the plate for Boscawen inserted next to page 129 instead of the prescribed page 192. An early owner has noted in ink script the extra illustrations. Very Good plus.

"The only edition of this scarce history of the Seven Years' War, with much on the conflict in America, including detailed accounts of many of the major battles. The subjects of the portraits include Marshall Keith, generals Wolfe and Amherst, George II, Admiral Boscawen, and William Pitt. This is one of the few contemporaneous histories of the French and Indian War, the immediate import of which seems to have been lost amidst the chaos of the impending Revolution" [Reese].
The additional plates-- mostly contemporary maps-- are a folding map of Hanover, in color; Plan of St. Cas Bay; folding Plan of Port and Environs of Quebec as it was when attacked by the English; folding Part of the Upper River of St. Lawrence, with Defenses of Quebec and the action by the English around Quebec; plate of Brigadier Monckton; folding Plan of the Battle of Suptitz; folding Plan of the Town and Citadel of Palais; folding color map of south-west Germany; folding color map of east part of England.
FIRST EDITION. Howes R31. Reese & Osborn, The Struggle for North America 87. Sabin 67680. TPL 522. Lande 740. ESTC N12258. Item #38635

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