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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...soon in ribands, the fore and main-topmasts over the side, the main-yard cut away in the slings, and the foremast tottering. The ...Read MoreThis 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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...soon in ribands, the fore and main-topmasts over the side, the main-yard cut away in the slings, and the foremast tottering. The United States now filled her mizzentopsail, gathered fresh way, and tacked. As the stranger was drifting down, nearly before the wind, and was almost unmanageable, Commodore Decatur had no difficulty in heading up high enough to cross his wake, which he handsomely effected, with his people still manning the larboard guns. At the time the United States filled her mizzen-topsail, in preparation for stays, it is said that the enemy, under the impression she was about to run away, gave three cheers, and set a union jack in his main rigging, all his other flags having come down with the several spars. When, however, the American ship was seen luffing up to close, the jack was lowered, and resistance ceased. As the United States crossed the stern of the English ship, the firing having ceased on both sides, she hailed and demanded the name of her antagonist, and whether she had submitted. To the first interrogatory, Commodore Decatur was answered that the ship was the Macedonian, Captain Garden, and to the second, that the vessel had struck. On taking possession, the enemy was found fearfully cut to pieces, having received no less than a hundred round shot in his hull alone. Of three hundred men on board him, thirtysix were killed, and sixty-eight wounded. Destructive Work of the American Ship. The Macedonian was a very fine ship of her class, mounting, as usual, forty-nine guns; eighteen on her gun-deck, and thirty-twopound carronades above. She was smaller, of lighter armament, and had fewer men than her opponent, of course; but the disproportion between the force of the two vessels, was much less than that between the...Read Less
Good. Pages crisp and clean except for a prior owner's name on the reverse of the front free endpaper; presentation page is still blank; some age-toning around the page block edges and just starting into the margins. Binding is somewhat relaxed, but remains square and secure, despite showing net at the rear hinge between some surface tears in the endpapers. Hard cover has taps and inward turns at the lower free corners, spots of fraying at corners and spine ends, handling smudges around the edges and darkening along the spine, some dimming and rubbing of gilt titles and decoration at the spine, and some dark specking at the spine and right rear, otherwise sound. 670pp., illustrated throughout.
Good. No Jacket. Blue illustrated cloth. 670 pages. With a small section of color illustrations in the front, depicting various U.S. Navy boats, as well as illustrated in black and white throughout. A fold out map is laid, in, as well as a fold out color illustration of Admiral Dewey's victory at Manila, depicting a naval battle. A popularized history of the 1898 Spanish-American War, including (taken from the lengthy subtitle) an account of the destruction of the battleship Maine, Dewey's victory at Manila, sinking of the Spanish fleet at Santiago, battles of San Juan and El Caney, the invasion of Puerto Rico, etc. In GOOD condition. Faint staining along the spine, with an area of light pink discoloration at the upper left front cover. Minor soiling, fading and scuffing to the covers. Spine darkened. Light wear along the extremities. Binding cracked and separating along the interior front hinge. Text block clean and solid.
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