[AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. Recueil d’Estampes Representant les Diffèrents Evenemens de la Guerre qui a procuré l’Indépendance aux Etats Unis de l’Amérique. Paris: M. Ponce, [c. 1784].
Oblong 4to., (9 ¼ x 11 inches). 2 fine engraved maps, 14 fine engraved plates, each numbered and with engraved text at bottom, after Godefroy, Fauvel, William, Lausan, P. C. Marillier, Le Paon and others (a bit browned, occasional staining). Later half gray cloth, marbled boards, morocco gilt lettering piece to spine (extremities a bit worn).
First edition. Published shortly after the signing of the Treaty of Paris at the end of 1783, and designed to illustrate the main events of the Revolutionary War. “First French book with a title-page mentioning the United States” (Howes). Issue without the separate title page, with 16 plates, all listed in the contents on the last plate. The two maps show: North America giving the arrival dates of various waves of European immigration and population statistics; and the areas in Florida, Senegal, Tobago, and Minorque conceded by England in the Treaty of 1783. The plates show the dramatic seizing of loyalist John Malcolm, who was tarred and feathered; the battles of Lexington, and Saratoga; the taking of Martinique (“Dominique”), Senegal, Grenada, Pensacola, and Tobago; the surrender of Cornwallis; the ambush at St. Eustace, the Siege of Fort St. Philippe, and the attack at Brimstomhill. Sabin 68421.