London: The Gentleman's Magazine, 1775. 8vo. Very Good. Item #15427
"....upon their arrival at Lexington, found a body of the country people drawn up under arms on a green close to the road; and upon the King's troops marching up to them, in order to inquire the reason of their being so assembled, they went off in great confusion, and several guns were fired upon the King's troops from behind a stone wall, and also from the meeting house and other houses, by which one man was wounded, and Major Pitcairn's horse shot in two places...."
Here we offer a drop-dead gorgeous bound volume of 12 issues plus supplement of the Gentleman's Magazine, a London periodical, from 1775, with First Reports of the Battles at Lexington and Concord and the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
These 12 issues were printed in 1775 and bound together in late 1775 or early 1776, as the action was happening and would have been devoured by the population in England eager for updates in the colonies.
"On the return of the troops from Concord, they were very much annoyed, and had several men killed and wounded, by the rebels firing from behind walls, ditches, trees, and other ambushes...."
Also included in this set of 12 issues are three large, fold-out maps of Boston and the surrounding region. One is a detailed street map of the Boston of the 18th-century, much different than today. One shows the city with the surrounding harbor and all of its islands, while the third map depicts Boston and the surrounding countryside within a 100-mile radius, and also depicts Lexington and Concord
This volume also features the battle of Bunker Hill, the arrival of George Washington to take command of the new Continental Army in Massachusetts and proceedings from the 2nd Continental Congress.
Bound in quarter leather over marbled-paper. Square tight binding. Rubbing and edge wear to boards with mild edge wear at spines ends. All called-for plates and maps present.
Overall, an extremely handsome volume of utmost importance relating to the early stages of the Revolutionary War.