STEDMAN, C[harles]. The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War. Dublin: Printed for Messrs. P. Wogan, P. Byrne, J. Moore, and W. Jones, 1794. 1st Irish ed. 2 Vols. xi,446;xix,502,pp. Rebound in period-style calf, black morocco spine labels, spine decorated in gilt. Light scattered foxing, else a very good copy. HOWES S-914, "aa." Sabin 91057. 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 Philadelphian, 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 theaters of war, as well as individual battles from Bunker Hill to Yorktown.