TARLETON, BANASTRE. 1754-1833.
A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781, in the Southern Provinces of North America. London: T. Cadell, 1787.
4to (275 x 205 mm). vii, , 518,  ad pp. With a large folding engraved map and 4 engraved plans, outlines or troop placements hand-colored. Modern half cloth over early boards. Toning, heavy at points including title, title with inkstamp removed at lower margin causing hole, maps with offsetting and small stub-tears, boards worn.
FIRST EDITION of the primary account of the southern campaigns in the American Revolution. The author commanded a British legion active in the war from May of 1776 through to the Battle of Yorktown. Church notes that notwithstanding Tarleton's self-serving narrative, the work is invaluable for the original documents, mostly copied correspondence, which are reproduced as notes at the end of each chapter and are difficult to find elsewhere. The first map delineates the marches of Lord Cornwallis through the Southern provinces, while the remaining four depict the sieges of Charleston and Yorktown and the battles of Camden and Guildford. Tarleton was notorious as a brutal, hard-riding soldier. Church 1224; Clark I:317; Howes T37; Sabin 94397.