Berne: La Nouvelle Société Typographique, and Paris: Esnauts and Rapilly, 1782. 8vo. Original roan with leather label ,with defect along spine. 304pp. Engraved portrait of George Washington by Esnauts and Rapilly: "George Washington Eqer. général en chef de l'armée Anglo-Amériquaine, nommé dictateur par congrès en Fevrier 1777." Folding table at end.
Print shows George Washington, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, wearing military uniform; in oval with ribbon and laurel border, a liberty cap on the right, and at the base a sword, shield, and a cannon barrel draped with a flag.
OCLC Number: 64419383; Howes, USiana FinalEdition, no. 130 .
Lord George Germain (also occasionally spelled Germaine) recovered sufficiently from a major military scandal in the 1750s to become Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1775, which made him principally responsible for conducting the War for Independence. Many historians attribute to Germain fundamental strategic and political mistakes that cost Britain the American colonies, the most glaring of which was his support for Charles Cornwallis' independent operations in 1781 that resulted in the surrender at Yorktown and the fall of the wartime ministry.
He was born Lord George Sackville on June 16, 1716, the youngest son Lionel, Duke of Dorset, then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The king rewarded Germain with a peerage of his own, elevating him to Viscount Sackville on February 11, 1782. He died on August 26, 1785. Item #51-3340