The Naval Monument, Containing Official and Other Accounts of all the Battles Fought Between the Navies of the United States and Great Britain… and an Account of the War with Algiers.
George Clark, ( 1840), Boston
viii, 326 pp. b/w wood engravings.
Notable for its early woodcuts of famous battles. Early history of the War of 1812 and the Barbary Wars, and also an original source of decorative motifs that have found their way into scrimshaw, sailor’s drawings, tattoos, and other aspects of the American folk tradition. Smith II, 588. Howes B-658, Neeser 7990. Bound in original cloth with gold spine lettering and decoration. Binding, text, and plates are in good condition. The front and back pastedowns are marred by the remains of an ugly green paper cover, which had been glued down, and a 1981 owner has written a gooshy page-long presentation to his grandfather on the blank recto of the front engraved plate. A good copy of an important book, with acceptable flaws, priced accordingly.