LIFE AND HEROIC EXPLOITS OF ISRAEL PUTNAM, by David Humphreys - 1833 [1st Ed]


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The Life and Heroic Exploits of Israel Putnam, Major General in the Revolutionary Army

by Colonel David Humphreys

Presumed First Edition. Hartford, CT: Ezra Strong, 1833.

Hardback is overall in GOOD- condition.

  • Volume displays commensurate wear and aging.
  • Quarter-bound in leather.
  • Boards feature black line illustration on front and display considerable wear and aging.
  • Covers are rubbed and toned, with exposed boards all along edges and at corners.
  • Spine has five horizontal gilt lines and exhibits overall rubbing and aging.
  • Binding is a little fragile, yet has barely any play.
  • One signature, from title page to page 12, is partially detached from head edge. (See photos)
  • Engravings are toned and foxed, yet still clear. (See photos)
  • Interior displays pronounced overall toning and foxing, throughout with occasional spots and stains.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Some pages exhibit edgewear, notably page 12 that shows a 0.75" long horizontal tear going into page from fore edge, barely affecting text.
  • Textblock edges display expected toning.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190328

190 pages. 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

Contains engravings, including one portrait of Putnam as frontispiece, and historical scenes from the life of Putnam, as well as one of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Israel Putnam (1718-1790) was an American army general officer, popularly known as Old Put, who fought with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War. [Wikipedia] This is an account of his life written by a colonel who was himself a distinguished fighter in the American Revolutionary War, and was as well aide de camp to George Washington, and a secretary and intelligence agent to Benjamin Franklin in Paris. He was also American minister to Portugal and then to Spain. His tone in this biography is one of praise, and one clearly feels he was in awe of his superior; yet an account by one who truly lived the events with the subject of his work, and was an eyewitness to his deeds, will undoubtedly prove invaluable as a piece of American history and its heroes.

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  • One signature, from title page to page 12, is partially detached from head edge. (See photos)
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