MANTE, THOMAS. 1733-c.1802.
The History of the Late War in North-America, and the Islands of the West-Indies, including the campaigns ... against His Majesty's Indian Enemies. London: W. Strahan, and T. Cadell, 1772.
, viii, 542, [1 errata] pp. With 18 folding engraved maps and plans. 4to (292 x 227 mm). Period full marbled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece. Maps with occasional minor stub tears (a couple of which are repaired), joints cracked and spine ends chipped, corners just showing; overall a very handsome, large copy.
THE MOST RELIABLE & COMPREHENSIVE CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WARS, WITH VERY FINE MAPS. FIRST EDITION. Mante was commissioned in the summer of 1763, he was assistant engineer at the siege of Havana and a brigade major in the 1764 campaign. As an historian he made good use of his time and here describes with great accuracy and general impartiality the campaigns of Washington and Braddock, of Generals Abercrombie and Amherst, and of Colonels Bradstreet and Bouquet. He provides the original account later dramatized by Washington Irving of the attempted assassination of George Washington by his Indian guide, in 1753.
The maps commissioned for this work have been called the best that relate to this war and contain details not otherwise readily available. They comprise: 1. Fort Beauséjour and the adjacent country. 2. Lake Ontario and the River St. Lawrence. 3. Portion of New York showing Lake George &c. from Crown Point to Fort Edward. 4. Plan of Fort Edward and the environs. 5. The Communications between Albany and Oswego. 6. Plan of the attack on Louisbourg. 7. Plan of the attack on Ticonderoga. 8. Plan of Fort Pitt or Pittsburg. 9. Plan of Guadeloupe. 10. Plan of the attack on Quebec. 11. Sketch of the Cherokee Country. 12. River St. Lawrence from Lake Ontario to Montreal. 13. Plan of the attack on Fort Levi. 14. Plan of the St. Lawrence from Montreal to the Island of St. Barnaby. 15. Marinico. 16. St. Lucia. 17. Plan of the attack on the Havanna. 18. Plan of retaking Newfoundland. Church 1092; Field 1003; Howes M267 ("c"); Littell 693; Sabin 44396; Streeter sale 1031.
Acquisition: purchased from William Reese Company, 2000, $34,500.