STEDMAN, Charles. History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War. London: Printed for the Author, sold by J. Murray, J. Debrett and J. Kerby, 1794. Two volumes. xv,399; xv,449,pp. plus fifteen engraved maps and plans (eleven folding). Half titles. Quarto. Contemporary blue boards with modern paper spines and labels. Boards rubbed at extremities. Ownership inscriptions on front flyleaf. A tears in margins. Minor paper loss to page 53 in second volume. Minor foxing or soiling, but generally quite clean internally. Very good. Untrimmed and partially unopened. In blue half morocco clamshell boxes, spines gilt. HOWES S914, "b." JCB II:372. LOWNDES V, p.2504. SABIN 91057. WINSOR VI, p.518. First edition of a work that is fundamental to any collection of books relating to the American Revolution. This work is "generally considered the best contemporary account of the Revolution written from the British side" (Sabin). Stedman was a native of Philadelphia, a Loyalist who served as an officer under Howe, Clinton, and Cornwallis, and later became an examiner of Loyalist claims for the British government. He had firsthand knowledge of many of the campaigns and persons involved in the effort. He is critical of Howe, and describes all the major theatres of war, as well as individual battles from Bunker Hill to Yorktown. The beautifully engraved maps (the largest of which is approximately 20 x 30 inches) constitute the finest collection of plans assembled by an eyewitness. They depict the sieges of Savannah and Charlestown, plus the battles of Saratoga, Camden, Guilford, Hobkirk's Hill, and Yorktown.