New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1863. 8vo. xviii, 408, pp., including advertisements at end. Large folding panoramic lithographed frontispiece of the Hudson River and West Point by Julius Bien, 9 plates, of which 2 folding and one in color; illustrations in text. Original blue embossed cloth, large gilt emblems on front cover and spine, spine gilt-lettered. Front hinge cracked and free endpaper loose, covers bright; short tape repairs on flyleaf and title margin, a pale marginal dampstain, some intermittent foxing. Item #402868
FIRST EDITION with a superb panoramic frontispiece by Julius Bien, lithographer from New York famous for his second folio edition of Audubon's 'Birds of America.' "[Capt. Boynton's] long residence at West Point, with its revolutionary associations, turned his interest to historical matters, and led to the publication of [the present volume], a large part of which is devoted to a minute study of the topography of the neighborhood, from a military viewpoint, to the system of defenses erected during the Revolution, and to the administration of the fortress during that period" (DAB). Howes B678; Sabin 7150.