Memoirs of Stephen Burroughs

A gentleman who at times came in violent contact with the laws of his country.



[To Which has been Added Notes and an Appendix]. Two volumes in one. Albany: B.D. Packard, 1811. 1st edition thus. Full calf. 248,148 pp. Small 12mo. Poor.

Extra rare autobiography of the notorious colonial-era con man and counterfeiter, and containing both of Burroughs’s spurious works in a single leather volume. Front cover detached; significant wear to much of the exterior and cracking to the rear board. Bookplate on the pastedown, and mild foxing.


But there has been only one Stephen Burroughs, a poseur whose life would make a fabulous movie if today’s audiences were as interested in early American history as in robotic space monsters. His exploits began during the Revolutionary War when he ran off to join—then depart—the Continental Army three times at the age of 14. By the time he was 33, he had lived and misbehaved vigorously enough to make up the first version of his autobiography.

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