GORDON, William. The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America: Including an Account of the Late War; and of the Thirteen Colonies, from Their Origin to that Period. London: Printed for the Author...and James Buckland, 1788. 4 Vols. ,504; ,584; ,499; ,445,pp. Nine engraved folding maps. 19th-century gilt-ruled 3/4 leather and marbled boards, raised spine bands. Light tanning, occasional foxing. A very good set. HOWES G-256, "aa." Sabin 28011. Reese, The Revolutionary Hundred 86. Larned 1341. Gephart 996. Nebenzahl, Battle Plans of the American Revolution 23, 63, 86, 105, 201. A handsome set of the "first full-scale history of this war by an American; to its preparation Jefferson contributed some aid"--Howes. "Gordon is deservedly reckoned as the most impartial and reliable of the numerous historians of the American Revolution"--Sabin. Gordon was a dissenting minister in England, who like many of his class sympathized with the contention of the Thirteen Colonies. Going to America during the disturbances and becoming pastor of the church at Jamaica Plain, now a district of Boston, he was throughout the Revolution a spectator close at hand of many important events, and the associate of many of the chief patriots. Later scholarship has shown that a good part of Gordon's history was taken from the Annual Register. This work is noted for its folding maps, engraved by T. Conder, which include a general map of the United States as well as maps of New England, New Jersey, Virginia, the Carolinas, and the areas surrounding Boston and New York City, plus battle plans of Fort Moultrie and Yorktown.