Charleston [S.C.]: Printed by A.E. Miller, 1828. 8vo. ix, , [1 blank], 240pp. With the errata leaf. Contemporary red straight-grained half morocco over marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine [light rubbing]. Scattered and generally light foxing. Front endpaper and rear pastedown with residue suggesting removal of bookplates. Presentation copy from the author to John H. Wilson [likely the U.S. Representative from South Carolina, 1773-1828], inscribed at head of title; and printed presentation label on front pastedown, completed in manuscript. Crease at pages 95-96, obscuring some lettering. Else Very Good.
Alexander Garden was a soldier in Lee's Legion, under Light Horse Harry Lee, during the Revolutionary War. He was also aide-de-camp to General Nathanael Greene. Born in Charleston, he was educated at the University of Glasgow. He returned to America in 1780 to join the Revolution, as a member of Lee's Legion. He was an officer in the Society of the Cincinnati.
The first series was published in 1822 under the title, "Anecdotes of the Revolutionary War." This is the first edition of the second series. Garden dedicates this series to Major-General Thomas Pinckney, "President General of the Cincinnati." His dedication is dated October 12, 1828. His Series begins with the "Petition of the native Americans residing in London, to His Britannic Majesty, in 1774", and is followed by the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Other chapters treat his experiences in the War, his observations, and interesting comments on various Revolutionary figures, including Washington, Lee, La Fayette, and others less well-known.
FIRST EDITION. Howes G61 'aa'. II Turnbull 178. Sabin 26598. Item #34549