INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF THE REVOLT OF THE AMERICAN COLONIES; Being a Comprehensive View of Its Origin, Derived From the State Papers Contained in the Public Offices of Great Britain

(Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1845).

FIRST EDITION OF THIS VERY SCARCE LOYALIST HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTION, RARE IN THIS CONDITION AND IN ORIGINAL CLOTH. The edition was printed from the author's manuscripts, which were found when his library was sold after the death of his nephew. The only earlier printing was done in London in 1782, and its single volume which contained only some of the material found here. Now of extreme rarity, that edition was suppressed by Chalmers himself and he had nearly all copies destroyed.
By the time of his death in 1825 Chalmers was a well respected antiquarian and political writer; a fellow of the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries of London, an honorary member of the Antiquarian Society of Scotland. In his youth he studied law in Edinburgh, and that led him to America. He had two uncles who settled in Maryland who required his assistance in recovering a disputed tract of land. Chalmers decided to stay, and for nearly a decade practiced law in Baltimore. Strongly Loyalist however, at the outbreak of the Revolution, he abandoned his practice and returned to Great Britain.
In 1786 Chalmers was appointed Chief Clerk of the Committee of Privy Council in England. From this post he had access to virtually all state papers, including those in regard to the American Revolt. Thus, this work can be truly be considered the British government's story of the American War of Independence. Item #29676

First American edition and the earliest obtainable edition. Tall 8vo, in the very rarely seen publisher's original bindings of blue/gray ribbed cloth ornately decorated in blind on all covers, the spines with flat blind-decorated bands and gilt lettering. xxxiv, 414; xv, 376 pp. An exceptional set, fine in original cloth, extremely unusual for books of the period. The cloth with just a little wear to the extremities and minor fading, internally they are as near to pristine as could honestly be expected.

Price: $750.00