Recently rebacked using the original brown full sheep leather boards. Boards scuffed, moderate shelf wear to board edges. Bookbinding leather at this time was quite low quality, so this binding in great shape considering the materials and how often it was used. Spine is nice and firm, paper is in great condition with minimal staining and foxing. He began his career in 1820 fighting pirates in the Mediterranean, serving on three of the six original frigates built by the US Navy in 1796 (Congress, Constellation, and Constitution).
He served in the Mexican-American war, and afterward served in California where he commanded a sloop in the Pacific Squadron. He was promoted to Commodore just before the Civil War, where he commanded a steamer in the Union blockade of the Confederacy, specifically North Carolina and Virginia. He came out of retirement in the 1880s to serve in the Phillipines during the Spanish-American War.
Yale University is in possession of his logs, papers, and correspondence from throughout his career. In addition to two of Samuel's signatures, a note from his daughter when she recieved this book from him in 1865 certainly suggests he owned this book during the Civil War, perhaps as early as his days in the Pacific (1858-60). I have provided an image of an engraving of him, which I do not own, nor will a physical copy be included in the listing. It includes a sample of his signature and handwriting, but bear in mind he was much older writing the scanned sample. I've done my best to accurately and honestly describe and photograph this item.
However, if you'd like more pictures or have questions, please feel free to message me. I encourage all who are interested to make an offer, as all offers will be considered! This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "caljac96" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay.