London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1816. First Edition. Octavo. Item #025691
In two volumes. Vol. I : 505 pages, Vol. II: 480 pages. From George Cruikshank's library each volume signed and dated by him. One of the best accounts of the reign of George III with pages 137-291 dealing with the crown in the American Revolution from Bunker Hill to Yorktown. In the year 1773 Aiken notes: "the discontent which had never ceased to prevail in the American colonies....broke out during that year into a flame" as he notes about the trifling duty on tea and the British right to tax the colonies. He then describes the Boston Tea Party, Trenton, and all the events culminating at Yorktown. A fascinating work as the British point of view is presented including Edmund Burke's view of conciliation with the colonies versus Lord North's hard-line view. Bound by C. Walters in 3/4 maroon morocco over maroon cloth, raised bands with compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, Front free endpaper loosening in volume one, Volume 2 front free endpaper with a split and chip, edges and corners rubbed or worn. light chipping to heads, two early bookplates. The first is that of Walter Thomas Wallace whose extraordinary library was sold in New York in 1920. The other bookplate is that of Philanthropist J. Ackerman Coles.