Item #82077 History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American. Mercy Otis WARREN.

History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American

Item #82077

WARREN, Mercy Otis. History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution. Interspersed with Biographical, Political and Moral Observations. Boston: Printed by Manning and Loring, for E. Larkin, 1805. Three volumes. 8vo. xii, 447; vii, [1], 412; vi, [2], 475 pp. In contemporary marbled calf. Vol. 1 has tasteful mend to the bottom of the spine. Minor wear to the head of the spine of the same volume. Light rubbing to the extremities of all volumes, but generally quite a nice, presentable set with scattered, minor foxing and toning. Armorial bookplate on each pastedown, two of which have been abraded and curiously have replacements laid in. A very good set or better in custom slipcase. Howes W-122, "aa." Sabin 101484. Shaw & Shoemaker 9687. Reese, Revolutionary Hundred 93. This excellent account of the events of the Revolution was written by a woman intimate with those prominent in the Revolutionary councils of Massachusetts. Throughout the Revolutionary period, historian, poet, and dramatist Mercy Otis Warren actively corresponded on political matters with numerous leaders including Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and especially John Adams, who became her literary mentor in those early years of unrest. In 1805 her literary career culminated with the publication of this present work. The book's sharp criticisms of Adams-that his passions and prejudices often debilitated his judgment and that he had demonstrated a distinct leaning toward monarchy during his sojourn in England-led to a heated correspondence and a breach in their friendship in 1807. After nearly five years Elbridge Gerry managed to effect a reconciliation between Mercy and Abigail and John. Howes describes this book as the first important historical work by an American woman. "Her history is interesting both for the expert knowledge it reveals of public affairs and for its lively and penetrating commentary upon the leading figures of the day, more especially for the caustic analysis of character and motives among the 'malignant party' who opposed American freedom" - DAB.

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