A Sketch of the Life and Voyages of Captain Alvah Dewey, comprising a period of 26 years. Chittenago: Printed by Isaac Lyon, 1838.
, 113, [1 errata] pp. 12mo (165 x 104 mm). Period muslin-backed boards. Marginal tear to D3, moderate spotting and toning, board corners chipped.
FIRST EDITION OF THIS UNCOMMON TEXAS BOOK. "Captain Dewey had an extensive career in the merchant service, was a privateer, and afterward served in the American navy. In the last he sailed under Commodores Stewart, Decatur and Patterson. Commodore Perry died in his arms, and he had the honor of being selected as one of the chief mourners at his funeral. He took an active part in General Mina's expedition for the freedom of Mexico, and was imprisoned by the Spaniards" (Littell). Howes J273; Littell 581l; not in Sabin.
Provenance: ownership inscription of William L. Tanner; bookseller's description pasted to front flyleaf.
Acquisition: purchased from Abebooks, vendor not recorded, 2001, $650.
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