London: Richard Bentley, 1839. First British edition. Black and white engraved plates. Quarter leather, marbled paper sides. Octavo. Two volumes in one, xii, 456 & xii, 559 pages. Near fine. A few slight rubs to board edges, some slight foxing to endpapers. Old embossed owner seal at lower fore corner of first three leaves. Sturdy, sound, and attractive copy.
Though better known for his "Leatherstocking Tales" of the French and Indian Wars, Cooper also wrote this well respected early history of the United States Navy. This is the first British edition. Published in two volumes in 1839, both volumes have been rebound together as one in this nice early 20th century binding of marbled paper over boards with leather spine. Prior ownership of John P. Paulison (name pencilled at top of title page) and William Bennett Cogar (embossed monogram).