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KNOX, John (d.1778). An Historical Journal of the Campaigns in North-America, for the Years 1757, 1758, 1759, and 1760: Containing the Most Remarkable Occurrences of that Period; Particularly the Two Sieges of Quebec... London: Printed for the Author, 1769.
KNOX, John (d.1778). An Historical Journal of the Campaigns in North-America, for the Years 1757, 1758, 1759, and 1760: Containing the Most Remarkable Occurrences of that Period; Particularly the Two Sieges of Quebec... London: Printed for the Author, 1769.

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KNOX, John (d.1778). An Historical Journal of the Campaigns in North-America, for the Years 1757, 1758, 1759, and 1760: Containing the Most Remarkable Occurrences of that Period; Particularly the Two Sieges of Quebec... London: Printed for the Author, 1769.

2 volumes, 4o (258 x 198 mm). Errata leaves at end of each volume. Two engraved frontispiece portraits and large folding map by Thomas Kitchin. Contemporary calf, red and black morocco lettering-pieces (front joint split on vol. 1, some wear and rubbing). Provenance: Lucius Lee Hubbard (his sale AAA/Anderson Galleries, 3 April 1935, lot 168).

FIRST EDITION OF "A VERY VALUABLE COLLECTION OF MATERIALS TOWARDS A HISTORY OF OUR LATE WAR," and one of the best original authorities for the death of Wolfe and the conquest of Canada (Monthly Review). "Knox, an Irishman, served in America from 1757-60 with the 43rd Regiment of Foot. His journal, written mostly at the time, and finished almost as soon as the events it contains' (introd.) is one of the most accurate and detailed accounts available on the sieges of Louisbourg and Quebec" (TPL).

In 1757, Knox arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his regiment to take part in the expedition against Louisbourg, although the attack was postponed and the regiment did not see action in the siege. The regiment participated in the battle of the Plains of Abraham, served under James Murray at Quebec in the winter of 1759-60, and was present at the capitulation of Montreal in 1760. Knox gives a first-hand account of the battles, and supplements his narrative with printings of important official documents and orders from both the British and the French. The portraits represent Generals Wolfe and Amherst, and the map, by Thomas Kitchin, shows the British dominions in North America according to the treaty of 1763. Howes K-220; Sabin 38163; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 323; Streeter Sale II:1030. (2)

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