Bath: William Meyler, 1807. ,38pp. plus one engraved plan. Modern half roan and boards, spine gilt. Occasional minor foxing; minor titlepage repair with no loss of text. A very good copy, with engraved bookplate of P. Francis K.C.B on front pastedown. Item #WRCAM35048
An anonymous straight-forward account of the British attack on Buenos Aires in 1807, written "without any flourishing or prolix declamation on the calamities of war, the effects of courage, or the pursuit of wealth and fame." The unidentified author includes extensive details on the final engagements leading to the defeat of the British troops under Lieut. Gen. John Whitelocke by the Spanish citizen army of Creoles and peasants under the command of Santiago de Liniers. The plan and accompanying printed explanation of the plate assist in visualizing the narrative of the battle described in the text. Forced to withdraw from Buenos Aires after this defeat, Whitelocke was court-martialed and cashiered. An intriguing record of the British engagement in Buenos Aires with an unusual Bath imprint for such a work. OCLC records only five copies. SABIN 51805. ALBERICH 1247.