LATOUR, Arsene Lacarriere (1778-1837)
Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-15 ... [With:] Atlas to the Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana
Philadelphia: John Conrad, 1816. 2 volumes, 8vo. (9 x 5 3/4 inches). Text: xx, 264, cxc, ,  pp. Frontispiece portrait of Andrew Jackson. Publisher's ads in the rear. Atlas: Letterpress title. 8 engraved maps and plans (seven folding, numbered II-IX).
Period blue paper covered boards, expertly rebacked to style.
Provenance: John C. Whitaker (early signature and inked stamp in atlas vol.)
One of the most important books on the War of 1812 in the South and West, describing the campaign around the Battle of New Orleans.
"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 Jackson's engineer. Streeter describes the maps and plans as "invaluable," and Clark calls the work "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." Theodore Roosevelt, in his Naval War of 1812, remarks that "Latour (who was General Jackson's chief engineer) is the only trustworthy contemporary American historian of this war." Latour's text was translated from the French by H.P. Nugent. The portrait of Jackson, not found in all copies, is present here, and is a rare early likeness.
Sabin 39214; Clark II:158; Streeter Sale 1075; Howes L124, "aa"; Shaw & Shoemaker 38034; Servies 878.