Philadelphia: M. Carey & Sons, 1822. 251pp. plus six handcolored plates. 12mo. Modern calf, leather label, spine gilt, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Modern bookplate on rear pastedown. Contemporary ownership signature and bookplate on front flyleaf. Light to moderate foxing and toning. Very good. Self-styled eighth edition. The plates have what appears to be contemporary color added. General Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox," was one of the leading American commanders in the Revolution in the South. His brillant operations in the Carolinas kept thousands of British troops tied down and contributed immensely to ultimate American victory. Plain and unassuming, he was widely beloved by his contemporaries, and after his death this book began the process of his ascent to legend. Horry, his second-in-command for part of the war, supplied many of the facts, although he was allegedly disgusted by Weems' flowery passages and disclaimed any connection with the book. What he disliked, others embraced, and the book went through many editions. This edition not in Howes. SHOEMAKER 11389. HOWES H650. (Inventory #: WRCAM49826)
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