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MANTE, Thomas (fl. 1772). The History of the Late War in North-America and the Islands of the West-Indies, including the Campaigns of MDCCLXIII and MDCCLXIV against His Majesty's Indian Enemies. London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1772.
MANTE, Thomas (fl. 1772). The History of the Late War in North-America and the Islands of the West-Indies, including the Campaigns of MDCCLXIII and MDCCLXIV against His Majesty's Indian Enemies. London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1772.

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MANTE, Thomas (fl. 1772). The History of the Late War in North-America and the Islands of the West-Indies, including the Campaigns of MDCCLXIII and MDCCLXIV against His Majesty's Indian Enemies. London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1772.

4o (280 x 224 mm). 18 folding engraved maps and plans (map 9 with title cropped at head, map 11 shaved at top, some offsetting and foxing, heavier on map 6, a few small reinforcements on versos). 20th-century red morocco gilt, top edges gilt, by Worsford.

THE "BEST CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THIS WAR" -- Howes

FIRST EDITION, WITH VERY FINE MAPS AND PLANS. Thomas Mante was Assistant Engineer during the siege of Havana and Major of a brigade in the campaign of 1764. Of the war in North America, Mante details the Braddock campaign, other frontier campaigns under Washington, Amherst, Bradstreet and Bouquet and the Canadian campaigns. The history begins with the encroachment of the French in 1754 and concludes with the Treaty of Peace in 1763, followed by a narrative of the campaigns against the Indians in 1763-64. Washington's involvement is detailed in depth, including an account of his 1753 escape from assassination by an Indian acting as his interpreter and guide.

The maps are among the best relating to the war and comprise: 1. Fort Beausjour and the adjacent country. 2. Lake Ontario and the River St. Lawrence. 3. Portion of New York showing Lake George &c. from Crown Point to Fort Edward. 4. plan of Fort Edward and the environs. 5. The Communications between Albany and Oswego. 6. Plan of the attack on Louisbourg. 7. Plan of the attack on Ticonderoga. 8. Plan of Fort Pitt or Pittsburg. 9. Plan of Guadeloupe. 10. Plan of the attack on Quebec. 11. Sketch of the Cherokee Country. 12. River St. Lawrence from Lake Ontario to Montreal. 13. Plan of the attack on Fort Levi. 14. Plan of the St. Lawrence from Montreal to the Island of St. Barnaby. 15. Marinico. 16. St. Lucia. 17. Plan of the attack on the Havanna. 18. Plan of retaking Newfoundland. Church 1092; Howes M-267; Sabin 44396 ("It is probable that but few were printed, though the larger and beautiful plans and military maps (which give it so great a value) must have made it a work of great expense.")

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