Brooklyn: Historical Printing Club, 1891. Limited edition, #84 of 250 copies. Black and white frontispiece photo. This copy extra-illustrated. Leather and marbled paper over boards. Tall octavo. 111 pages plus 8 pages of publisher ads. Leather spine and fore corners with marbled paper sides, five raised bands. Spine titled and ornamented in gilt, both boards with gilt rules, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. A few tiny rubs to binding, else fine.
The period covered in this orderly book of the Maryland Loyalists begins with the evacuation of Philadelphia, covers the march across the Jerseys, and the foraging tour and cantonment on Long Island. It fills an important gap in the historical record for the period herein after July 5th, 1778. The book was kept by Caleb Jones, once sheriff of Somerset County but arrested by the Council of Safety in 1776. After his release on bonds of £200 he made his to Philadelphia with the British Army, where he enlisted in the Maryland Loyalists.
This particular copy of this fascinating historical record is extra-illustrated with materials from other earlier sources, as follows:
- engraved plate "Ny in 1775" [in pencil] (frontispiece)
- Map of the States of Maryland and Delaware, by J. Denison (this inserted map is from c.1796)
- mounted colored illustration "Evacuation of Boston," by Beeler
- mounted colored illustration "Battle of Monmouth"
- Battle of Long Island (map) from Stedman's History of American Wars
- engraved plate "Battle of Long Island," after a painting by Alonzo Chappel
- engraved portrait, "Gen. Lord Cornwallis"
- engraved portrait, "Lieut. Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby"
The map of Maryland and Delaware is by one James Denison and engraved by Amos Doolittle, known as "The Revere of Connecticut."
An important, handsomely bound volume with extra illustrations added.
Map ref. PAPENFUSE 63, and p. 71.