Lot 44: Knox's Journal of the Campaigns in North-America
05 November 2016
Macon, GA, USALive Auction
Description: Knox, John, Capt. 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, &c. &c..... London: Printed for the Author; and sold by W. Johnston..., 1769. 2 vol., 4to. ix, , 405 pp. + errata leaf and folding map; ,465 pp. + errata leaf. Lacking the two portraits. Modern 1/2 calf over speckled boards, original labels laid onto spines. Several occasions of old ink-stamps of the New Jersey Historical Society to titles and a couple of other places, several early ownership signatures and notations in places (SEE PROVENANCE, BELOW), one leaf with frayed edges, map with a few closed tears and one long tissue repair, otherwise generally clean with some light and scattered foxing in various places. **************************************************** "One of the most accurate and detailed accounts available on the sieges of Louisbourg and Quebec" - TPL. Knox arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his regiment in 1757 to take part in the anticipated expedition against Louisbourg, although the attack was postponed and the regiment did not see action in the siege. They did take part in the battle of the Plains of Abraham, served under James Murray at Quebec in the winter of 1759-60, and participated in the capitulation of Montreal in 1760. The map, by Thomas Kitchin, shows the British dominions in North America according to the treaty of 1763. *** PROVENANCE *** Bought of Richard Brooke Roberts by Joseph Bloomfield, as inscribed, and with Bloomfield bookplate laid in at front. Joseph Bloomfield (1753-1823) was the fourth Governor of New Jersey and a Revolutionary War soldier; with his signature to page 1 of first volume. Roberts was a member of the Legion of the United States, whose members were appointed by Washington. A marginal note in ink (page 322, first volume) by Roberts remarks on a passage from the text regarding the murder of two Indian babies. Richard Roberts died in 1797, and Joseph Bloomfield witnessed his will. There is no date to indicate exactly when Bloomfield acquired this book from Roberts, but it was likely purchased near the time of Roberts' death.