Historical memoir of the war in west Florida and Louisiana in 1814-15. With an atlas … written in originally in French, and translated for the author, by H.P. Nugent, Esq.
Philadelphia: John Conrad & Co., 1816. First edition, 8vo, pp. [iii]-xx, 264, cxc; plus a separately bound atlas containing 8 hand-colored maps, 7 folding (1 with a 5" x 3" loss at one corner, but neatly inlayed and several others with short splits at the folds); frontispiece portrait of Andrew Jackson, apparently not present in all copies; 20th-century green three-quarter morocco over marbled boards; text a bit spotted and foxed, but overall generally very good. One of the most important books on the War of 1812. "Major Latour's account of the military events is minute and interesting, and the appendix contains an invaluable collection of state papers" (Sabin). "Chief authority, well-documented, on these operations" (Howes). The eight maps (Sabin states that there are only seven) consist of battle plans and "A General Map of the Seat of War in Louisiana and West Florida," executed by Major Latour in his capacity as engineer. Streeter describes the maps and plans (which are sometimes found bound in a separate atlas) as "invaluable," and Clark calls the book "a detailed and precise narrative of the 1814-15 campaign from the first arrival of British forces on the Louisiana coast until their complete evacuation." Sabin 39214. Clark II:158. Streeter 1075. Howes L124; American Imprints 38034-5. Item #20339