[BURKE, Edmund, attributed to]. An Impartial History of the War in America, between Great Britain and Her Colonies, from its Commencement to the End of the Year 1779. Exhibiting a circumstantial, connected, and complete Account of the real Causes, Rise, and Progress of the War, interspersed with Anecdotes and Characters of the different Commanders, and Accounts of such Personages in Congress as have distinguished themselves during the Contest. With an appendix, containing a collection of interesting and authentic papers tending to elucidate the History. Illustrated with a Variety of beautiful Copper Plates, representing real and animated Likenesses of those celebrated Generals who have distinguished themselves in the important Contest. London, Printed for R. Faulder, New-Bond-Street, 1780.
8vo. Contemporary calf, rebacked, retaining original backstrip with worn morocco lettering-pice; pp. xi, 608, 44, with eleven (of 13) engraved portraits, lacking the map and p. 207/8; extremities with wear; p. 35 with marginal paperflaw (loss of a few letters in printed marginalia), plate at p. 249 with repaired central cut; a little browned or spotted.
First English edition, first published in Dublin, 1779, as The History of the War in America, plagiarized from essays in the Annual Register of which Burke was a frequent editor and major contributor. This London edition is the first to contain the portrait plates of American revolutionaries; however, most copies on the market are lacking one, or more, or even all illustrations. The missing portraits are that of Samuel Adams and John Hancock.