JOURNALS OF MAJOR ROBERT ROGERS: Containing An Account of the Several Excursions He Made Under the Generals Who Commanded Upon the Continent of North America, During the Late War. From Which May Be Collected the Most Material Circumstances of Every Campaign Upon That Continent, From the Commencement to the Conclusion of the War

JOURNALS OF MAJOR ROBERT ROGERS: Containing An Account of the Several Excursions He Made Under the Generals Who Commanded Upon the Continent of North America, During the Late War. From Which May Be Collected the Most Material Circumstances of Every Campaign Upon That Continent, From the Commencement to the Conclusion of the War

(London: For the Author, 1765).

FIRST EDITION, VERY SCARCE AND IMPORTANT, THE JOURNALS OF THE FAMOUS LEADER OF ROGERS' RAIDERS AND A PRIMARY FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR. Comprised largely of men Rogers recruited in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Rogers' Raiders were one of the first military units of European origin to utilize Indian scouting and fighting techniques, the forerunners of guerilla warfare and modern special forces.
The journal begins with Rogers' account of a scouting mission at Lake George in September of 1755. It is the first of several campaigns in the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Adirondack regions. There are also accounts of the Quebec area. Rogers returned to New York in February, 1761, after his engagements in Detroit where in November of 1760 Rogers received the submission of the French posts on the Great Lakes. This was after his participation in battles at Ticonderoga, Crown Point and near Montreal.
One of the earliest military heroes in America, Rogers loyalties would remain with the crown. He fought on the side of the British during the American Revolution. In 1776 he formed a new unit of Rangers and assisted in the capture of Nathan Hale. Rogers did not believe Hale's story about being a teacher, and lured Hale into betraying his identityl by pretending to be a fellow patriot spy. In spite of fighting for the British, his hero status in America would remain intact; John Paul Jones' famous ship 'USS Ranger' was named in honor of him in 1777. Item #30472

Rare and highly sought after First Edition. With the woodcut half-title and advertisement leaves all present. 8vo, handsomely bound contemporaneously in full calf of the perios, the spine with gilt tooled raised bands creating elegantly gilt decorated compartments framed with multiple gilt rules, and with a single red morocco label gilt framed and lettered, gilt tooled board edges and marbled endpapers. viii, 236, [4] pp. A very handsome and exceptionally well preserved copy of this scarce and important book, the text is clean, fresh and unpressed, the original calf binding is attractive and sturdy, some minor cracking along the outside upper hinge, the cords and endleaves still strong and connected, the binding in fully original state and truly rare thus.

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