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    With the Rare Atlas Volume

    James Wilkinson. Memoirs of My Own Times [and:] Atlas: Diagrams and Plans, Illustrative of the Principal Battles and Military Affairs, Treated of in Memoirs of My Own Times. Philadelphia: Abraham Small, 1816.

    First edition. In three octavo volumes. xv, 855, [44]; [4], 578, [260]; [4], 496, [62] pages. Nine folding tables, 3 folding facsimiles, errata leaf in volume I. Atlas: Quarto. [4 printed leaves], 19 maps and plans, three of which are folded.

    Uniformly bound in a modern quarter leather binding with marbled paper over boards and titles and rules stamped in gilt on the spines. Light shelf wear with some label remnants on the spine of each volume. Former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume. Text blocks have been trimmed on volumes I, II, and III. Light scattered foxing throughout with offsetting to some pages. Contemporary owner's signature on the title page of volume II. Otherwise a remarkable set in very good condition; the atlas volume maps and diagrams being in particularly nice condition.

    Though General Wilkinson was in all the right places at the right times, his military career was marked by several notable scandals and controversies. Historian Robert Leckie characterized him as "a general who never won a battle or lost a court-martial." Eberstadt 134, 107: "The first volume contains an account of the military events in which Wilkinson was engaged from 1775-1778, the part taken by him while commanding the army in Louisiana from 1797, and a history of the war on the frontier in 1812-1815. The second and third volumes contain his defenses before courts martial, 1811-1815." Howes W-429: "The atlas must have been sold separately as it seldom accompanies the text volumes." There is much on early Westward and Southern expansion, Indian affairs, and first-hand material on the Burr-Wilkinson Conspiracy to take Texas from Spain.

    Sabin 104029.


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