This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 Excerpt: ... Decatur, his adversary, having been thus rendered perfectly helpless, could have simply taken any position he chose and compelled the ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 Excerpt: ... Decatur, his adversary, having been thus rendered perfectly helpless, could have simply taken any position he chose and compelled the latter to strike, without suffering any material additional loss himself. As in such a case he would neither have endured the unanswered fire of the Endymion on his quarter for the first half hour, nor the subsequent broadsides of the Pomone, the President's loss would probably have been no greater than that of the Constitution in taking the Java. It is difficult to see how any outsider with an ounce of common-sense and fair-mindedness can help awarding the palm to Decatur, as regards the action with the Endymion. But I regret to say that I must agree with James that he acted rather tamely, certainly not heroically, in striking to the Pomone. There was, of course, not much chance of success in doing battle with two fresh frigates; but then they only mounted eighteen-pounders, and, judging from the slight results of the cannonading from the Endymion and the first two (usually the most fatal) broadsides of the Pomone, it would have been rather a long time before they would have caused much damage. Meanwhile the President was pretty nearly as well off as ever as far as fighting and sailing went. A lucky shot might have disabled one of her opponents, and then the other would, in all probability, have undergone the same fate as the Endymion. At least it was well worth trying, and though Decatur could not be said to be disgraced, yet it is excusable to wish that Porter or Perry had been in his place. It is not very pleasant to criticise the actions of an American whose name is better known than that of almost any other single-ship captain of his time; but if a man is as much to be praised for doing fairly, or even badly, as for do...
Fair. No Jacket. Ex-Library Ex-library with usual markings, fair hb in blue boards, no dj, some shelf wear to cover corners and spine ends, front hinge loose, tear to end paper on front cover, text tight, Executive Edition volume 3 of a 16 volume set.
Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Navy boards lightly scuffed, fraying at spine tips. Front inside hinge is beginning to crack. Title page detatched, old tape on binding edge, outside edge chipped. Balance of pages are clean, tight and unmarked.
Good. No dust jacket. Ex-library. This copy retired from a trade association library. Only physical evidence of this are ink stamps in rear end-papers, no pastings or gratuitous markings in or on book. Spent many years on the shelf, seldom opened.... 16 volume set. 494 p. Includes index. 8vo Sewn binding. cloth over embossed boards. 494pp. Vol. 6 of 16? Audience: General/trade. Presidential Addresses and State Papers, Vol VI covers archived correspondence from the President dated February 16, 1907 to January 31, 1908. This represents pages 1161 to 1638 of the total, plus an index to total work (14 or16 volumes-unclear how many from the other seller information on the net). Sepia print of Roosevelt addressing a crowd is the frontispiece. I feel this could have been improved by seeing the other half of the correspondence & context, not just TRs' response. No copyright since Theodore Roosevelt believed these to be public documents. Stated "Published with the permission of the president through special arrangement." Collier called this the "Executive Edition", with a special 'TR in a circle' branding marked on title page and embossed in front cover. Volume 6 (Part 6) without indication of total number in title, but marked "18" at bottom of title page. My assumption is this meant 1918 was date of printing. No ISBN, LCCN nor MSR.
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