Sale 18BP01 | Lot 1

[AMERICAN REVOLUTION - SCHUYLER, PHILIP] Proceedings of a General Court Martial, held at Major General Lincoln's Quarters, near...

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

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Lot 1
[AMERICAN REVOLUTION - SCHUYLER, PHILIP] Proceedings of a General Court Martial, held at Major General Lincoln's Quarters, near Quaker-Hill, in the State of New-York, by order of His Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America, for the trial of Major General Schuyler, October 1, 1778. Major General Lincoln, President.
Philadelphia: Hall and Sellers, 1778. First edition. Modern red morocco gilt, the original blue paper wrappers marked "Genl. Schuyler" in manuscript bound-in, housed in a folding blue morocco box. 13 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches (33.7 x 19.5 cm); 62 pp. The wrappers extended with tissue at gutter and lightly soiled, the title page lightly dust soiled around extremities and with the faint pencil notation "No. 2" at head, the contents clean, wide and unmarked.
In March 1777, Philip Schuyler, Commander of the Northern Department of the Continental Army at Fort Ticonderoga, requested an additional 10,000 troops to defend against the possible attack of British General Burgoyne. The request denied, as Burgoyne approached with nearly 8000 men in July 1777, the force of only 2000 Continentals abandoned Fort Ticonderoga, a vital point of defense previously considered impregnable, much to the chagrin of the Continental Congress. This action caused great public alarm and both Schuyler and General St. Clair were court-martialed and ordered to Philadelphia. Both were acquitted but neither reached such high military posts again in the War. A very rare revolutionary imprint believed printed in no more than 100 copies at the behest of Schuyler, this document prints the accusations and much correspondence related to the Canadian campaign. We trace only four copies at auction and none since 1981. The present copy is very similar in presentation to two of those copies: the Henry F. De Puy copy, sold Anderson Galleries, April 1920, was described as containing the original wrappers in a crimson binding by Bradstreet, and the copy sold Sothebys, 28 April 1981, lot 150, also contained the wrappers and was in red morocco gilt. Evans 16142; Sabin 78059 "Very rare"; Howes S213.


C Property from the Estate of Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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