Title Service Afloat; or, the remarkable career of the Confederate Cruisers Sumter and Alabama, during the War Between the States
Book Condition Good
Edition First American Edition
Size 8vo 8" - 9" tall
Publisher New York P.J. Kenedy and Sons 1896
Seller ID 341474
An uncommonly sumptuous-looking hardcover copy in First Edition of Admiral Raphael Semmes' monumental homage to the C.S.N. Alabama and C.S.N. Sumter Confederate cruisers. Sturdy, attractive, tightly bound, internally clean hardcover copy, with unbruised tips, neat and tidy paste-downs; not ex-library, with neither highlighting nor underlining. Some loss of color to rear panel, else quite handsome. Steel-engraved frontis of Semmes, two more pages of steel-engraved officers' portraits, six full-page, full-color lithographs, and various sketches, too. Nevins et al., note in Civil War Books, "a first-hand, subjective account by the captain of the C.S. Sumter and Alabama, interestingly written. The lithographs in particular are among the very best lithographs ever to depict naval action. The pictorial front board, in rich, blue cloth, featuring beveled edges, is particularly and unusually bright in gilt lettering and illustration. Warm gift inscription at first free endpaper, "Charles H. Gallahan, from his friend, George Beauchamp, June 22, 1918. Interestingly, a newspaper-style review clipping affixed to inside front flap, leaving shadow, opposite. Overall, a gorgeous copy indeed. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.
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