New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1864. Limited edition. Hardcover. One of the limited edition of 100 large paper copies, bound in publisher's brown ribbed cloth. The long seven-paneled chromolithograph frontispiece is quite stunning, titled " A View of West Point on Hudson's River by Major L'Enfant Engineer, 1780", taken from the vantage point across the Hudson in Garrison, NY.
After his service in the Mexican War, Boynton taught at West Point. "His long residence at West Point, with its revolutionary associations, turned his interest to historical matters, and led to the publication of (this work), 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."
Howes B672; Nestler 1087. Tall 8vo, xviii, 408pp, panoramic frontispiece, illustrations in text, plates & two fold-out maps. Publishers brown cloth. Very minimal foxing to plates, ffep foredge ragged, ex-library blind stamp on title page and p. 397, label residue on inside front board. Nicely rebacked with some original spine laid down. Very good overall. Item #26948