TRAVELS IN NORTH AMERICA, IN THE YEARS 1780, 1781, AND 1782,... Translated from the French by an English Gentleman Who Resided in America at that Period, with Notes by the Translator

TRAVELS IN NORTH AMERICA, IN THE YEARS 1780, 1781, AND 1782,... Translated from the French by an English Gentleman Who Resided in America at that Period, with Notes by the Translator

(London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Pater Noster Row, 1787).

VERY SCARCE AND FINE EXAMPLE OF AN IMPORTANT EARLY NORTH AMERICAN WORK OF TRAVEL. The Marquis de Chastellux was an established essayist. He wrote on philosophy, history, and the arts and was one of only forty members of the French Academy when he became a Major General in the French army during the late 1700’s. He served under the Count de Rochambeau, the famous commander of the 6,000 troops sent by France in 1780 to support the American forces during their War of Independence. Rochambeau’s troops eventually joined forces with General Washington in the famous march on Yorktown in July 1781 which led to Cornwalis’ surrender in October of the same year.
These volumes were compiled from the journals of Chastellux’s travels in America during this extraordinary time in its history. The books contain a wealth of information on the military and civil history of the regions he visited as well as his personal impressions of meetings with General Washington, Thomas Jefferson, General La Fayette, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams. His writing includes detailed descriptions of each man’s character as well as a description of their conversations, recording, for example, his in-depth political discussion with Samuel Adams concerning the issues related to the development of state and individual rights in the new republic. Chastellux also gives detailed accounts of his personal involvement in landmark battles such as Brandywine and Saratoga. These volumes present a detailed, first-hand perspective on the American War of Independence through the voice of a learned Frenchman of letters. Chastellux's view is unique in its perception and still remains of singular interest among contemporary Revolutionary War accounts for its timeliness and quality. A rare find in such fine state. Item #30466

2 volumes. A mixed set as is frequently found with volume I being first edition and volume II being the matching "second edition" which is actually an exact reprint of the first. With 3 handsome engraved plates of the Natural Bridge and two engraved maps, all of which are folding. 8vo, in very attractive contemporary full speckled calf, the spines extensively gilt tooled in compartments formed by gilt tooled flat bands, two compartments with gilt lettered and gilt tooled red morocco labels, board edges hatched in gilt. xv, 462; xii, 432 pp. A very pleasing and attractive set, the text is very clean and fresh and the text-block solid and tight, the plates are fresh and clean and complete, a few preliminary leaves of one volume with a small old ink spot on the outside edge, the contemporary bindings still very handsome, minor evidence of age or use, the hinges still strong and with only a touch of cracking to one joint.

Price: $2,750.00