Plan of the Siege of Charlestown in South Carolina
by [Tarleton, Banastre]
London, 1787. This early map of Charleston Harbor illustrates in great detail the siege of Charleston by the British forces in early 1780 at the start of their Southern Campaign of the American Revolutionary War. It features geographical and topographical details, major routes, street plan, forts, ships and waterways. The map seems to have been issued at least four or five times: in 1787 and possibly later, a presumed separate issue; in Tarleton's "History of the Campaigns" (1787 & 1796), 1793 in Faden's "Atlas of Battles of the American Revolution"; and in 1794 in Stedman's "History of the Origin, Progress and Termination of the American War" (with textual changes.) Printed on laid paper with old folds indicating inclusion in a book, but without any detectable tabbing on either the back or margins. We presume that this is from Tarleton's "A History of the Campaigns..." with the imprint "London Publifh'd March 1ft.1787." below the neat line within the plate mark. Original spot hand color on barricades colored either yellow or with a slanted red line. 10" h x 11 1/2" w. The named of Hobcaw Creek appears with the word "Creek" printed beneath "Hobcaw" and there is no solid black margin line inside the plate mark that appears in the Stedman edition. See Sellers & Van Ee, "Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies", #1561 for the Faden "Atlas" edition, which is plate (10) and lists "Gibbes Landing" rather than the "Gibbs Landing" of this edition. A little very faint foxing, but very pleasing overall. (Inventory #: 22311)
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