New York: White, Gallaher, & White, 1827. First American Edition. Octavo, 416 pages; VG: bound in publisher's teal paper-covered boards, brown cloth spine with paper label; binding with moderate wear, including mild staining to boards, wear to corners, fraying to spine and hinges, rear board separated but attached by string; pages entirely uncut; mild foxing to interior; scarce; shelved case 1.
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François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux (1734-1788), was a military officer who served during the War of American Independence as a major general in the French expeditionary forces led by general Comte de Rochambeau. Being on general Rochambeau's staff for the duration of the war, Chastellux acted as the principal liaison officer between the French commander in chief and George Washington. However the Chevalier de Chastellux was also widely recognized, at the time of his campaigns in America, as a highly talented man of letters and a member of the Académie française [wikipedia];
"This edition ... is copied from an English translation [by George Grieve] in two volumes, published in 1787"--Preface.;
Title continues: "Translated from the French, by an English gentleman, who resided in America at that period. With notes by the translator. Also, a bibliographical sketch of the author: letters from Gen. Washington to the Marquis de Chastellux: and notes and corrections, by the American editor.";