Official Dispatches and Letters of Rear Admiral Du Pont, U.S. Navy. 1846-48.1861-63. Samuel F. DuPont.

Privately Printed in a Small Edition

Official Dispatches and Letters of Rear Admiral Du Pont, U.S. Navy. 1846-48.1861-63.

Wilmington, DE: Press of Ferris Bros., Printers, 1883.

First edition, one of 50 copies. [2], 531pp. 8vo. Privately Printed in a Small Edition. Contemporary three quarter morocco and marbled boards. Extremities worn. Bookplate on front pastedown. Contemporary ownership inscriptions on front flyleaf. Internally quite clean. Very good. Eberstadt 132:174; Howes D589, "b" Item #248440

Both this work and DuPont's EXTRACTS FROM PRIVATE JOURNAL-LETTERS … were issued in privately printed editions of only fifty copies for private distribution, and are exceedingly rare.  Eberstadt states that the present volume is even rarer than its companion.  The first section is devoted to dispatches sent by Du Pont from California during the Mexican War, when he transported Fremont and his troops from Monterey to San Diego and attacked Mexican shipping in the Gulf of California.  He also commanded the Atlantic blockading forces against the Confederacy for the first two years of the Civil War.  This copy has ownership inscriptions from two Du Pont family members on the front flyleaf, A. Bidermann Du Pont and Meta Du Pont Coleman.

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