14 December 2000
THE PROPERTY OF A NORTHEAST COLLECTOR
ROGERS, Robert (1731-1795). Journals of Major Robert Rogers. London: Printed for the Author, and sold by J. Millan, 1765.
8o (198 x 125 mm). Half-title and 2 leaves advertisements at end. (Endpapers lightly stained at edges, some light occasional spotting and browning.) Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked, corners a trifle bumped).
Provenance: Samuel Parker (contemporary ownership signatures on front pastedown and title-page, dated 1766, marginalia on 4 leaves) -- James Fenimore Cooper, descendent of the American novelist and native of Cortland, NY (signature of front pastedown dated 1928).
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE BASIC SOURCE BOOKS FOR THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR. Major Robert Rogers served Great Britain in North America at the young age of 34, and gained fame as commander of "Rogers' Rangers." The journal begins on 24 September 1755 with an account of a scouting expedition on Lake George and ends on 14 February 1761 after Rogers received the surrender of the French at Detroit. Field 1315; Graff 3555; Howes R419; Sabin 72725; Vail 563.
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