[U.S. NAVY]. Preparation of Vessels of War for Battle and Manual Exercise of Broadside Guns for the United States Navy. [Washington]: U.S. Navy, 1873.

$ 200.00

8vo., (5 ¼ x 3 ¾ inches). Contemporary red calf, with armorial device and title stamped in gilt to front cover (binding detached, clasp present but catchplate missing).

Provenance: Contemporary manuscript ownership inscription to recto of first blank: “J. Forsyth Meigs / Lieut. U.S. Navy / Callao, Peru / April 29th 1874.” Extensive contemporary manuscript notations throughout the text. ?From the distinguished library of George Washington Storer (1789-1864, ?his sale James D. Julia Auctioneers (2010).

First edition. Contains “Manual Exercise of Broadside Guns,” “Detail Drill of Broadside and Pivot Guns,” “Equiment of Boats,” and “Small Arm Target Practice.” With the extensive marginalia of then-Lieutenant J. Forsyth Meigs, a serviceman from Pennsylvania who was stationed aboard the USS Omaha near Callao, Peru, at the time.