Diary of the American Revolution: from Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore, Two Volumes, 1860

Moore, Frank. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents. New York: Charles Scribner, 1860. Early Printing. Re-backed with the original boards and custom archival slipcase.

Presented is an early printing of Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore. Printed in 1860 by Charles Scribner in New York, the books have several illustrations throughout. Maintaining the original decorative boards and spines, the two volumes have been re-backed in cloth to provide additional structure. Both volumes are housed in a custom-built archival slipcase with an inset print of Washington Crossing the Delaware.

Compiled using both Tory and Whig newspapers, Moore produced a work that gives his readers an idea of how people saw the American Revolution at the time. Including information from these newspapers, private diaries, and other contemporaneous writings, the author paints a picture of the environment, the information available to the public, and the opinions presented through the press.

At a time when travel was difficult and the colonies were only loosely united, the press helped to diminish the differences between the soon-to-be Americans. Information traveled through these newspapers and opinions were recorded in private letters and diaries. Many stories and arguments from differing perspectives were printed and reprinted throughout the colonies allowing singular voices to be heard by many. While Moore includes essays and information from both the revolution-supporting Whigs as well as the loyalist Tories, printing presses didn’t always do the same. Fierce arguments would erupt from opposing sides and some printing presses were even vandalized or burned for promoting a differing opinion. Less than one hundred years later, Moore takes all of this evidence and presents a coherent story of the birth of the United States, its struggles, its people, and the information that was circulated.


Overall age appropriate condition. The books’ original boards and spine are textured with a decorative border and a gilt eagle seal. Some loss and bumping along the edges of the boards, but all are minimal. The original 1860 boards have been re-backed on linen for support and the binding is tight. Internally, the pages have some foxing throughout from age, especially the galssine papers protecting each illustration. Both volumes are housed in a gray custom archival slipcase with a copy of Washington Crossing  the Delaware set into the front.

Dimensions: 9 ⅛” H x 6 ⅜” W x 1 ⅞” D (each volume)

Dimensions: 9 ½” H x 6 ¾” W x 4” D (with slipcase)

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