Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1905. First editions. Black and white illustrations, plans, maps. Cloth over boards. Octavos. 423 and 456 pages. Near fine. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spines and upper boards, top edges gilt, black coated endpapers. Hinges sound, no prior ownership marks. Slight rubs to binding extremities. Volume II has a few short tears to cloth at head of spine and splits to cloth along joints.
A thorough analysis of the use of navies in the War of 1812, by the most important American naval strategist of the 19th century. This is the concluding work in Mahan's highly influential series on naval strategy that began with the 1890 publication of "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783."
Both volumes illustrated with maps, plans, and other illustrations. A drawing of the USS Constitution is stamped in gilt on upper board of both volumes. This ornament is taken from the painting by Capt. S. Salisbury Tuckerman, used as the frontispiece in volume II.