Revolutionary War Journals of Henry Dearborn 1775-1783 Edited from the Original Manuscripts by Lloyd A. Brown and Howard H. Peckham

Revolutionary War Journals of Henry Dearborn 1775-1783 Edited from the Original Manuscripts by Lloyd A. Brown and Howard H. Peckham

Dearborn, Henry; Smith, Hermon Dunlap [Biographical Essay]; Brown, Lloyd A. [Editor]; Peckham, Howard H. [Editor]

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Price: $95.00

Place Published: Chicago
Publisher: The Caxton Club
Date Published: 1939
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Condition: Very good
Book Id: 649


A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing in the Publisher's original blue boards and cream spine with the closed page block's top edge gilded, being one of only three hundred and fifty copies published in this Limited Edition (fading to the board edges, darkening and spotting to the spine cloth as well as spotting to the cream spine cloth where it overlays the board edges, a bit of wear to the spine ends -- the volume's pages are toned and a goodly number of the page pairs are uncut -- i.e. still joined their leading edges -- and thus the book has not been fully, if at all, read; no slipcase); complete with a frontispiece and five additional illustrations, those being The Portsmouth Letter (from Hermon Dunlap Smith's collection), a folding map of Quebec, a folding map of Monmouth, a copy of a page of Dearborn's Journal, and a folding map of the Entrance of Chesapeake Bay, all of which are untorn. Facing page 205 is an illustration showing Dearborn's entry for September 25, 1781 concerning the discovery of Benedict Arnold's treason. Notably, this copy has been SIGNED BY HERMON DUNLAP SMITH -- author of the book's Biographical Essay --- on the half-title. Henry Dearborn, the noted American soldier and statesman who, early in America's Revolutionary, served as a volunteer under General Benedict Arnold during Arnold's September 1775 expedition to Quebec with 1,100 soldiers in the Continental Army as part of a planned attack on the British there, and Dearborn's Journal provides an important historical record of that campaign (during which he and Aaron Burr became companions). The trip to Quebec went horribly and the attack failed, but as a reward for his efforts, Arnold was promoted to Brigadier General. Dearborn was captured and exchanged, and thereafter served in George Washington's Continental Army, served on General George Washington's staff in Virginia, was present at Yorktown when the British surrendered, led 60 men to the Boston area and there fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill, became the United States Secretary of War under President Thomas Jefferson from 1801 to 1809, and was a commanding general in the War of 1812. After Dearborn's discharge from the Continental Army in 1783, George Washington appointed him marshal of the District of Maine. He later became a member of the United States House of Representatives from the District of Maine from 1793 to 1797. So notable was Dearborn and his service that Fort Dearborn in Illinois and the city of Dearborn, Michigan, were named in his honor. In our experience, copies of this Caxton publication of this notable Journal signed by Hermon Dunlap Smith are scarce. A Very Good copy, SIGNED BY HERMON DUNLAP SMITH. SCARCE.

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