A Major Work on the Early Years of the French and Indian War

    Major-General [Henry] Lloyd. The History of the Late War in Germany, Between the King of Prussia, and the Empress of Germany and Her Allies.... London: S. Hooper, 1781.

    Later edition, using the sheets from the 1766 first edition with new title pages. Two volumes bound in one quarto volume. xxxix, 147, [1, errata]; xxxix, [4, table of contents], 186 pages. With seven folding maps, twelve folding plans, and seven folding tables.

    Contemporary tree calf with titles in gilt on a morocco spine label. Joints renewed. Marbled endpapers. Modest wear to boards, contents bright. Armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. A very good copy.

    A major work on the early years of the Seven Years' War, or the French and Indian War as it is known in America. The author, a Welsh-born soldier of fortune, spent most of the 1740s to the 1770s fighting in the service of France, Austria, and Russia. He attained the rank of major-general in the Austrian army. Of particular importance for American collectors is a chapter at the end of the second volume that is devoted to military strategy in the English colonies of North America. Given the colonies' immense size and thin population, Lloyd surmised that to conquer America "you must draw a line from Boston to Albany, and act on that line in a manner we have proposed: all operations on the lines, drawn from the coast into the country, from Boston to Charles-Town, will prove hereafter, as they have already done, unsuccessful."

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