Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856. 3rd edition. Cloth. Large 8vo. Publisher’s blind-stamped cloth. Engraved frontispiece plus engraved plate and 9 maps (all but 1 folding). 423 pp.
Library mark on spine and withdrawal stamp on bottom block edge. Front board detached, and right edge of spine is torn. Corners bumped. Minor foxing throughout. Interior and maps are in excellent condition, and the pages are quite tightly bound despite the broken front hinge.
This is an early printing of what Howes simply described as the "best account of the Braddock disaster." Sargent edited three primary source journals recalling British General Braddock's doomed attack on the French Fort Duquesne (which later became the city of Pittsburgh) in 1755, including notes by one of Braddock's volunteer officers, George Washington. Braddock's defeat was a demoralizing loss for the British and cost Braddock his life (by some accounts, shot by his own men). This is an excellent copy despite its binding issues, and an interesting historical document from the early years of Washington's military career. (Howes S112). Fair. Item #1657