Major Andre’s Journal: 1777-1778, two volume limited edition set,
1903 Andre, John, Major Andre’s Journal: 1777-1778. 1903, limited edition, two volume set. Boston: The Bibliophile Society. 1 of 487 printed. Period vellum boards housed in red cloth slipcase.
This limited edition set was printed in 1903 and is one out of only 487 copies to be printed and bound in original vellum. The Bibliophile Society printed the set out of Boston for members of the society. They were edited by Henry Cabot Lodge and feature black and white illustrations and facsimile maps throughout.
These books present an authentic record of the movements and engagements of the British Army in America from June 1777 to November 1778 as recorded by Major John Andre. The books come complete with facsimile reproductions of original maps and plans drawn by Major John Andre. Andre (1750-1780) was a British Army officer and spy during the American Revolutionary War. His assistance in Benedict Arnold’s attempted surrender at West Point, New York, revealed his work as an intelligence officer during the Revolutionary War. Ultimately, Andre was accused of treachery and hanged as a spy, on which Alexander Hamilton commented: “Never perhaps did any man suffer death with more justice, or deserve it less.”
This journal was kept by Andre from June of 1777 to November of that following year and recorded his day to day activities and movements. The records cover Andre’s experiences in various battles such as Germantown and White Marsh, as well as the Baylor’s massacre. The journal was first published after it was discovered by Andre’s great grandson, Earl Grey, in a box of family heirlooms. The work was compiled and later published by the Bibliophile Society out of Boston. There are an additional two eye-witness accounts of Andre’s hanging added to Andre’s original journal at the end.
Condition: This limited edition set is one out of only 487 published for Bibliophile Society members and features its original vellum binding. There is gilt tooling along the borders and gilt stamps on the front boards. The pages feature deckled edges and gilt top edges. The books are in good condition with wear consistent with age and only slight foxing on endpapers. The two books are housed in a red cloth slipcase, which features a black and white photo of John Andre on the side.