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.
Phillips, Sampson &Co., ( n.d. (Circa 1840)), Boston
8vo, 21 co. viii, (2), 326 (1 index), (10 publisher's adverts) 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. This is a later 19th century printing of this classic work, and a lovely copy. All the pages are sparkling fresh; the images, as is the case with all these later printings are clean but somewhat fainter than early editions. Bound in original blind stamped cloth, decorated in gold. Backstrip and covers laid down. From the library of famous New England collector Ted Thomas, with his bookplate.