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    Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

    Washington's Crossing frames the events of the winter of 1776-1777 during the American Revolution. The iconic painting of Washington crossing the Delaware is indeed a passionate image, but it is certainly stylized. It is this symbol, this myth of American history, that Fischer argues as the turning point for the psychological victory of the Revolution, the morale of the American troops locked in a miserable winter, and the unyielding proof of the tireless quest for a free America.

    Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer

    Discusses the events leading up to Paul Revere's ride, and reinforces his importance in the history of the Revolutionary War.

    Washington by Ron Chernow

    Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one volume biography of George Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his adventurous early years, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow shatters forever the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods. “Truly magnificent… [a] well-researched, well-written and absolutely definitive biography” –Andrew Roberts, The Wall Street Journal “Superb… the best, most comprehensive, and most balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written.” –Gordon S. Wood, The New York Review of Books “A truly gripping biography of George Washington... I can’t recommend it highly enough—as history, as epic, and, not least, as entertainment. It’s as luxuriantly pleasurable as one of those great big sprawling, sweeping Victorian novels.”  –Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker

    Rough Crossings by Simon Schama

    Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution is a history book and television series by Simon Schama. This gives an account of the history of thousands of enslaved African Americans who escaped to the British cause during the American War of Independence. It tells of the legal battles in England that established that slavery was not legally valid in England itself, how the British government offered freedom to enslaved African Americans if they would fight for the king.

    American Scripture by Pauline Maier

    Pauline Maier was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She received her B.A. from Radcliffe College in 1960, was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics in 1960-61, and took her Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1968.  She has taught at Harvard, the University of Massachusetts (Boston), University of Wisconsin, Yale University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has been William R. Kenan, Junior, Professor of American History since 1990.  She is the author of From Resistance to Revolution, The Old Revolutionaries , and The American People: A History , a single-authored text for junior high school, as well as numerous other articles and reviews. From the Hardcover edition.

    Revolutionary Characters by Gordon S Wood

    In this brilliantly illuminating group portrait of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers, the incomparable Gordon Wood has written a book that seriously asks, ?What made these men great???and shows us, among many other things, just how much character did in fact matter. The life of each?Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Madison, Paine?is presented individually as well as collectively, but the thread that binds these portraits together is the idea of character as a lived reality. They were members of the first generation in history that was self-consciously self-made?men who understood that the arc of lives, as of nations, is one of moral progress.

    Samuel Adams by Ira Stoll

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    John Adams by David Willis McCullough

    The Glorious Cause by Robert Middlekauff

    George Washington by Douglas Southall Freeman

    Paul Revere and The World He Lived In by Esther Forbes

    The War Of the Revolution - 2 Volume Set by Christopher Ward

    Almost a Miracle by John Ferling

    The Age Of Reason by Thomas Paine

    The Battle For New York by Barnet Schecter

    Thomas Jefferson and The New Nation by Merrill D Peterson

    A Leap In the Dark by John Ferling

    Origins Of the American Revolution by John C Miller

    George Washington by James Thomas Flexner

    Liberty! by Thomas Fleming

    Angel In the Whirlwind by Benson Bobrick

    The Radicalism Of the American Revolution by Gordon S Wood

    Secret History Of the American Revolution by Carl Van Doren

American Revolution Books & Ephemera



    The Delaware Continentals 1776 - 1783 by Ward, Christopher L

    Wilmingotn, DE: Historical Society of Delaware, 1941. Hardcover. Very good condition. The Delaware Regiment of the Continental Army, under the command of Colonel John Haslet, fought bravely throughout the Revolutionary War, in the New York Campaign, the Battle of Trenton, the Battle of Princeton, the Battle of Brandywine, the Battle of Germantown and the Battle of Guilford Court House. 8vo, 620pp, color frontis, 13 b&w maps. Medium blue cloth covers, with title in gilt on spine. Top of spine very lightly rubbed. Internally, very good. Maps at end papers.



    WINTER QUARTERS George Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge by Noel Fairchild Busch

    New York: Liveright. 1974. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0871405873 . Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Minor soiling to edge pages. ; 8.30 X 5.60 X 1 inches; 206 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .


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    Paul Revere and the World He Lived In by Forbes, Esther

    Boston, USA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1988. Softcover, reprint edition, 744gms, 510 pages. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history, this is an authoritative and absorbing account of the life and times of Paul Revere. This edition was published as part of the American Heritage Library Series. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear. Front cover shows some minor creasing and shelf wear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. . Reprint. Soft Cover. Good/Not Applicable. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    A View from the Bay of a part of Gibraltar, with the Spanish works on the Isthmus as erected against the place in the late Siege by FADEN, William & KOEHLER, George Frederic

    London: William Faden, 1788. Aquatint. Image measures 14 x 24.5". This beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea shows the north side of the Rock of Gibraltar on the right. Published in 1788, the print depicts the area in the aftermath of the Siege of Gibraltar. Although the focal point of the print is ostensibly a puff of smoke arising from the land, the scene's most striking feature is its wide expanse of sky. Here, the technique of aquatint allows for the elegant rendering of subtle clouds above the sparkling sea. The Spanish mainland and a number of ships are visible in the far distance beyond the isthmus. Below the view, an inscription dedicates to the print the Duke of Richmond. The print is in good condition with margins in tact. Slight mat burn at plate line and scattered foxing. William Faden (1750-1836) was an 18th century English cartographer and publisher. Faden is best known for his important publication of the North American Atlas, which covered a region of particular interest to him.



    Washington's Crossing by Fischer, David Hackett

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 1st. Hardcover. Very Good Very Good. New York, Oxford University Press, 1st, 2004, Book: Very Good, Dust jacket: Very Good, Black and white illustrations/photographs. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. . 564 pages. Record # 467282 Record # 467282



    The Whitesborough Patent: manuscript ledger recording sale of land in Delaware County NY by Foote, Ebenezer; Charles Hathaway

    1844. Hardcover. Good + condition. A fascinating record of land speculation and ownership of New York state land as it passed from the original British patent holders, including Henry White (British, d. 1786) based in New York City, to Ebenezer Foote (1756 - 1829), who fought in the Revolutionary War. Foote saw action at Bunker Hill, survived Valley Forge, and was captured and escaped from captivity in Bridewell Prison in New York City. After the war Foote became a merchant, land agent, politician, judge and a founder of Delaware County. The Whitesborough patent was granted to several individuals including Henry White, a loyalist, New York City merchant, and member of the Council authorizing the granting of patents. He chose the upstate land (ca. 1770s) "from an idea that it might in remote times be beneficial to his children", perhaps thinking of a time when he and his children might have to flee the city. White remained a loyalist throughout the war, returning to England. His land in New York was confiscated by the state in 1779, whereupon he appealed to the Commissioners of Forfeiture for compensation, with limited results. He died in England in 1786. Ebenezer Foote, who purchased the land in 1799, was very active after the war, serving as member of the New York legislature (1792, 1794, 1796, and 1797) and working in the mercantile business in Newburgh and Ulster County until 1797. Foote helped found Delaware County and moved to Delhi. Foote served as the first county clerk of Delaware County (1798 - 1801), as a member of the state senate (1798 - 1802), and conducted an extensive land agency. In 1810, Foote was appointed the judge of the New York Court of Common Pleas, serving until 1816, and then again, from 1828 until his death in 1829. The ledger records Charles Hathaway acting as agent. William Sherriff, whose name is noted here, was one of the original Whitesborough patent holders, and had served as Quarter Master General for the British in the Revolution. A notice signed by Hathaway at the title page states, "Account of lands sold by the late Ebenezer Foote, and of lands contracted by Charles Hathaway, in the Whitesborough patent, for Capt. Wm. H. Shirriff (sic) the proprietor, rendered in May 1844". The ledger includes an alphabetical index of the names of the land purchasers, followed with the lot numbers, acreage, purchase price and payments recorded, on the first 95 double pages. Beginning with earliest date of 1816 and carrying through to 1850. At the rear of the volume a manuscript folding map shows the location of the lots. Map unfolds to 26" wide x 9 1/2", and extends to the Delaware River in the northeast, and showing lots numbered 1 through 40. It appears that 9 of the 40 lots have been subdivided, and new owners recorded. 8vo, 95 hand numbered pages are completed in a beautiful hand calligraphy, with about 20 double pages left blank. Faint foredge tide mark. Full brown calf with blind stamped decoration, gilt title at spine, "Ledger"



    The Fire Of Liberty by Esmond Wright

    Hamish Hamilton, 1984. Hardcover. Very Good. Not Ex-Library Copy. Hardcover Edition With Dustjacket.Text Unmarked.Binding Is Solid.Not Ex-Library Copy.Not A Bookclub Edition.No Remainder Mark.D.J. Not Clipped.Stated First Edition, First Printing.



    George Washington And The American Revolution by Davis, Burke

    New York: Random House. Hardcover. 1975. 1st Edition. 8vo 497pp . Very Good in Fine DJ. Small remainder mark rubber stamped on bottom edges. Edges foxed .



    American Revolutionaries in the Making Political Practices in Washington's Virginia by Charles S. Sydnor

    Revolutionary War: The Free Press, 1965. 160 pgs., Previous owner's name inside. Some underlining in pencil. Soft Cover. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    Alexander Hamilton; An Essay on American Union by OLIVER, Frederick Scott

    New York: Putnam, 1927. hardcover. very good(-). Frontispiece portrait and folding map. xiii, 502 pages. Thick 8vo, bound in later full red morocco with elaborate gilt decoration, spine rubbed and extremities are somewhat worn; internally clean. New York: Putnam, 1927. A very good(-) copy.



    George Washington: Anguish and Farewell 1793-1799 - Volume IV (Anguish & Farewell, 1793-1799) by Flexner, James Thomas

    US: Little, Brown and Company, 1972-11-30. 4th printing. Hardcover. Very Good Very Good. 554 pages, b&w illustrations. Light shelf-wear to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy. Record # 463861



    Glorious Cause, The : The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Middlekauff, Robert

    New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 1982. 4th printing. Hardcover. Very Good Very Good. 696 pages, b&w illustrations. Dust jacket with light edgewear and small closed tear to top of rear flap. Clean, tight copy. Record # 453621



    Lord Cornwallis. Engraved portrait with battle vignette

    London: Fielding & Walker, 1781. Very good condition. Copper engraved portrait of Lord Cornwallis (Charles, Earl Cornwallis 1738-1805), with a vignette below the portrait depicting British troops firing on fleeing American soldiers. This scene could depict the May 1780 British taking of Charleston, which dealt a serious blow to the American cause. It could also depict Cornwallis' next victory, in the battle of Camden, in which the North Carolina and Virginia militia fled. This rout cemented Cornwallis' reputation at home, where he was widely perceived as a hero and the best man to defeat the Americans. The engraving is dated February 1781. Shortly following this date, the decisive battle of Yorktown began, on September 28, 1781. Cornwallis officially surrendered, ending the American Revolution, on October 19, 1781. 8vo, 4 1/4 x 7", tipped on to gray stock, 5 x 8"



    Washington and his Generals by Headley, J. T

    New York: Baker and Scribner, 1847. Hardcover. Very good condition. Many fine engraved portraits, including Major General Israel Putnam, Montgomery, Benedict Arnold, Stark, Schuyler, Gates, Anthony Wayne (Volume I); and Greene, Moultrie, Lincoln, Lee, Sullivan, Marion, Lafayette, and Jones (Volume II). Eighth thousand. 8vo, xiv, frontispiece portrait of Washington, 348pp, 7 plates, advertisements [12pp]; Vol II: vi, 372pp, 8 plates. Complete with 12pp advertisements. Stamp of E I Headley at the ffep, Volume II. The ffep of Volume I removed; scattered fox spotting primarily to early pages, margins of plates. Volume II chipped top of spine, otherwise bright. Dark brown blind stamped and gilt cloth, gilt titles at spines.



    A Topographical Map of the North.n Part of New York Island, Exhibiting the Plan of Fort Washington, now Fort Knyphausen, Shewing the Several Attacks of the Royal Army by Faden, William (after)

    London, 1793. Important Revolutionary War era map, showing the attacks on the Patriots during the Battle of Fort Washington, New York by Hessian mercenaries & British forces, and considered the best contemporary plan of the Battle. From Charles Stedman's "History of the American War" and based on a map by Claude Joseph Sauthier. Faden was an important English cartographer and Geographer to King George III; he produced all the British maps of the American Revolution, including maps of the individual colonies, theaters of war, and battle plans, which were highly prized in Britain for their accuracy. This important map of the lower Hudson River (North River) and the current day borough of Manhattan centers on the island from 'Haerlem' and Snake Hill in the south to Tetard's Hill and 'Spiking Devil' in the north. A key at the right lists four attacks on Fort Washington, lettered A through D, with the first, Hessian troops under General Knyphausen; and the second and fourth the British under Matthews, Cornwallis and Percy. Fort Washington is visible at the center, as well as 'Fort Lee or Fort Constitution' directly across the river; these were the two forts intended to protect the lower Hudson from the British. However, Fort Washington fell on November 16, 1776, in a decisive victory for the combined British (under General Howe) and Hessian (under the command of Wilhelm von Knyphausen) forces; the remaining American troops were forced to escape across the Hudson to Fort Lee, which they later fled. Copper engraved map with slight offsetting, a short closed diagonal tear at the left margin, and a very short split at top center fold. 10" x 18 1/4" with original folds, in very good condition.



    JOHN PAUL JONES by Samuel Eliot Morison

    Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1959. First edition, as stated. Hardcover. Very Good. 6 x 9 in. Blue cloth boards. Condition is VERY GOOD ; minor shelf wear, covers clean but rubbed. Binding tight and text unmarked. Bio. Stax.



    A Mirror For Ruffians by Lindsay, Philip

    London: Lindsay Drummond, 1939. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. A fine first edition, signed by the author, a presentation copy: "For Hugh Ross Williamson, with the deep affection and admiration of Philip Lindsay, May 1939". Hugh Ross Williamson (1901-1978) was the British dramatist and popular historian, who wrote such works as "Who Was the Man in the Iron Mask, and Other Historical Mysteries'. What was the last book you read which included Mussolini, Hitler and Benedict Arnold! 8vo, 382pp, ads[1]. Red gilt cloth, with a very small crescent mark at top edge rear board.



    "Andre and Arnold". ALS letters to Franklin Couch regarding Andre's capture loose in binder of clipped articles on the same by Spooner, Walter Whipple; Franklin Couch; Judge Dykman

    New York, 1899. Hardcover. Very good condition. Archive of material pertaining to Andre's capture which includes two sets of handwritten letters to historian Franklin Couch of Peekskill NY loosely inserted into an album of newspaper clippings. The first set of 4 handwritten letters are from W. W. Spooner, author of 'History of Westchester County, NY from Earliest Settlement to the Year 1900'. Spooner states that he is working to finalize his history of Westchester manuscript. In the first letter, he asks Couch specifically for information about the Cockcroft family and land it owned in Peekskill NY. In the second he requests permission to incorporate a Couch article entitled "Arnold's Treason" in his history; the third and fourth letters pertain to Spooner sending a copy of the Arnold chapter for Couch's review. These four Spooner letters written on letterheaded paper, New York History Company, 110 Fifth Ave., NY NY, and dated Aug. 2, Sept. 27, Oct. 20, 1899 and March 26, 1900. The second set of handwritten letters to Franklin Couch are from Judge Dykman, and pertain to the specific events of the capture of Andre. Dykman states, "I could never believe that you ever said there were eight persons in the party engaged in the capture of Andre". In the remaining letters Dykman asks Couch about Dean being one of the captors; and says that the changing of Couch's manuscript (in the History of Westchester County) was "a very presumptuous act". The Dykman letters are dated Oct 2 & 4, 1900 and Jan. 13, 1901. One more Dykman letter to Couch is laid down at the last page of the album, stating that Dykman feels it was not Spooner who made the changes to Couch's manuscript on the capture of Andre, and that Spooner did not object to Dykman's published criticism. It is dated Jan. 17, 1901. Three parts of published serialized articles are also loosely inserted, including: "The Last Twelve Days of Major John Andre" (pp 49 - 57; 148-157; 494-498); "Original Documents" (p321); "Homestead of David Williams" (pp168-171); and "Bibliographic Notes on Poems and Ballads Relating to Major Andre" (pp217-220). The album pages with newspaper articles pertaining to Andre's Captors, 23pp at the front of the album. The rear of the album with 4pp of newspaper articles pertaining to Rochambeau in the Revolution, the additional Dykman letter, and a pamphlet titled, "David Williams and the Capture of Andre, A Paper Read Before the Tarrytown Historical Society, by Marcus D. Raymond. Jan 15th 1903". Large 4to album (10 x 13"). Three quarter brown leather and marbled boards. Front cover with holed punched handwritten title card, "Andre and Arnold"; spine with typed paper label laid down. Album corners rubbed, spine rubbed, title labeled chipped. Internally, letters, serialized articles and newspaper articles all in good + condition.



    Historical Papers Number 1: "The Sterling Furnace and West Point Chain" by Donovan, Katherine Byvanck

    Warwick, NY: Historical Society of Warwick, 1914. Paperback. Very good overall. Information on the iron industry in the Hudson River Valley is unusual. Presentation copy, to Benjamin Moffatt Jr., compliments of G. M. Van Duzer. With a folding New Year's card from the Van Duzer Homestead with b&w photographic image titled "Mantle Motto", and text concerning the Van Duzer homestead, loosely inserted. The Donovan article concerning the West Point Chain, pp 21-25. The lists of officers heavily annotated. . 8vo, 48pp. Tan paper wrappers, title in brown at front wrapper, with crest of the Historical Society of Warwick, and index to articles. No title at spine. Spine ends and lower corner front wrapper a bit rubbed.



    Almost A Miracle: The American Victory In The War Of Independence by Ferling, John

    New York: Oxford Univ. Press. Paperback. 2007. 1st Edition. Thick 8vo 679pp . Fine with no DJ. B&W Illustrations .



    Mad Anthony Wayne and the Capture of Stony Point - The Scene in War and in Peace), a double page spread from Harper's Weekly by [Revolutionary War in New York]

    New York: Harper's Weekly, 1879. Very good overall. A full page wood engraving contrasting the Battle at Stony Point in 1779 and the same area at present peace time (1879), from the Harper's Weekly, a long running American newspaper well-known for its wood-cut illustrations. Inset of Mad Anthony Wayne. Later hand color, approximately 11 X 15 3/4, very clean, crisp.




    New York: The Dial Press. 1970. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Shelf wear to panels. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .



    Ethan Allen by Pell, John

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1929. Hardcover. Very good condition. Signed presentation copy, with inscription by the author: "For Trainee Robert P. Patterson, with my best wishes and Highest regards, Your Plattsburgh friend, John Pell". Robert P. Patterson Sr. (1891 - 1952), Under Secretary of War under President Franklin Roosevelt, and a NY judge who served in WWI and received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in France. During WWII Patterson was appointed Secretary of War when Henry L. Stimson resigned. 8vo, xii, 331pp, b&w ills, maps at end papers. Green gilt cloth with gilt title at spine. In the original dust jacket; dj darkened at spine, bit ruffled edges, chipped at spine ends. The volume bright and clean internally.



    Lexington and Concord the Beginning of the War of the American Revolution by Arthur B. Tourtellot

    Revolutionary War: W. W. Norton & Company, 1963. 311 pgs., Illustrated. Very light wear.. Soft Cover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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