Madrid: Imprenta del Memorial de Ingenieros, 1868.
First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good Condition. Item #038787
Full calf with gilt edges, ruling, raised bands - some wear at corners and spine ends, but still a very attractive binding, page edges gilt, discoloration to endpapers and slight foxing at beginning, but generally clean and fine internally. With 19 folding plates at the rear - maps and remarkably detailed depictions of artillery and naval vessels including The Monitor; most with minor tears at attachments, creasing, and a bit of foxing.
Inscribed on the half title to General Sickles, at the time, Ambassador to Spain. Sickles, famous in military circles for disobeying Meade's orders which led to the decimation of his III Corps at Gettysburg, was previously famed for killing his wife's lover, the son of Francis Scott Key, and being acquitted in the first use of the "temporary insanity" defense in US court history. A lovely, scarce book, and a terrific association. Worldcat shows only 4 copies. The Second edition was printed in 1870. Size: Octavo (8vo). Text is clean and unmarked. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Military & Warfare; United States; 19th century; Antiquarian & Rare. Signed by Author. Inventory No: 038787.