Lot 2017: Theodore Roosevelt THE NAVAL WAR OF 1812 1898 Landmark Publication Antique Military History Operations Sea Battles Losses Plates Appendices
December 9, 2012
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Naval War of 1812 or the History of the United States Navy during the Last War with Great Britain
Author: Theodore Roosevelt - Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States (1901-1909). He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912. Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
City: New York
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxv/549 pages plus 2 pages of publisher's advertisements
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: While at Harvard, Roosevelt began a systematic study of the role played by the nascent US Navy in the War of 1812, largely completing two chapters of a book he would publish after graduation. Helped in part by his two uncles, he did his own research using original source materials and official US Navy records. Roosevelt's carefully researched book was comparable to modern doctoral dissertations, complete with drawings of individual and combined ship maneuvers, charts depicting the differences in iron throw weights of cannon shot between American and British forces, and analyses of the differences between British and American leadership down to the ship-to-ship level. Published after Roosevelt's graduation from college, "The Naval War of 1812" was praised for its scholarship and style. This book established Roosevelt's reputation as a serious historian. One modern naval historian wrote: "Roosevelt's study of the War of 1812 influenced all subsequent scholarship on the naval aspects of the War of 1812 and continues to be reprinted. More than a classic, it remains, after 120 years, a standard study of the war."
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce early edition of this landmark work, with a preface from the third edition of 1883.
Antique volume is bound in orange cloth, with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial design to front cover depicting sailing vessel. Book shows mild external wear. Binding is firm. Front flyleaf is detached. Pages are clean and without markings. Illustrated with textual drawings and plates.
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