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. 2 Vols. 4to xv,399;xv,449,pp. plus 15 engraved maps and plans (11 folding). ?-titles. Contemporary tree calf, elaborate giltspines, gilt chamfered edges, housed in custom calf-backed clamshell box. Rebacked, original spines laid down, wear to corners, some scrapes to leather, some foxing and toning mostly to exterior leaves, else very good. HOWES S-914, "b." JCB II:372. Lowndes V, p.2504.Sabin 91057. Winsor VI, p.518. Reese, Revolutionary Hundred 89. The 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 approximately20 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.