First European chronicle of the American Revolution, with many maps and plans

Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe (publisher) / [Attributed by some to Christoph Heinrich Korn], Geschichte der Kriege in und ausser Europa Vom Anfange des Ausstandes der Brittischen Kolonien in Nordamerika an. [History of the Wars in and outside of Europe from the Beginning of the Revolt of the British Colonies in North America.] Nurnberg, Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1776-1777.
Eight parts (of thirty). [6],112;[1]-6,9-84;[2],127,[1]; [2],[1]-104,125-132,121-122,[1];[2],134,[2];[2],[3]-111,[1];[2],109;[2],117,[1]pp. plus one engraved view and nine engraved maps and plans, of which five are folding and four with hand color. Small, thick 4to. Contemporary boards, paper spine labels with manuscript annotations. Printed bookplate on front pastedown.

The earliest European chronicle of the American Revolution, issued in 30 parts between 1776 and 1784.

Offered here in an early binding are the first eight parts of the Geschichte, devoted entirely to events in America. The first part surveys events through 1755, the second part covers the period from the French and Indian War to the Revolution, parts three through five relate events from the fall of 1775 to November 1776, and parts six through eight cover the years 1776 through the middle of 1777. According to the Preface, dated June 1776 and issued with the first part, the work was compiled from contemporary newspapers and other documents, with additions by the editor. Howes mentions, without attribution, that it is “ascribed also to Christopher Korn.”

Beyond its significance as a contemporary account of events in America, the volume is well illustrated with ten maps, plans and view, including single-page plans of Boston, Crown Point, Philadelphia, and Quebec; a view of Quebec; folding maps of North America, New England, and Montreal; and large, folding plans of the northern part of Manhattan Island (Nebenzahl #117) and the Operations of General Howe in New York and New Jersey (Nebenzahl #102). Most of these are German adaptations of French and English maps: the folding battle plans, for example, are closely based on important battle plans issued by the firm of William Faden in 1777.

These 10 illustrations correspond to the 10 in the first eight parts of the American Antiquarian Society’s copy of the Geschichte, but exceed the 8 mentioned by Sabin. Howes also mentions 10 illustrations, but this is with reference to the complete set of 30 parts. Parts 9-30 (not included here) addressed events in both American and Europe, and the American Antiquarian Society’s copy includes maps of Newfoundland, St. Lucia, Grenada, the Caribbean, and the Philadelphia area, numerous portrait engravings of American leaders, and several maps and battle plans of European interest.

Librarian of the American Antiquarian Society, Report. Oct., 1933, pp. 281-285. Howes #G147. Sabin #27213. Not in Streeter.


Paper spine labels largely perished. Pagination errors in Parts 2 and 4 as issued. Contemporary manuscript underlining throughout and some minor tears to couple of maps at points of binding, but internally clean and fresh and generally fine.