"The crowning event of the war was the Battle of New Orleans; remarkable in its military aspect, and a source of pride to every American": First Standard Library Edition of Theodore Roosevelts First Book The Naval War of 1812
The Naval War of 1812 or the History of the United States Navy During the Last War With Great Britain.
Item Number: 102698
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907.
First Standard Library edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s landmark first book. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles and elaborate botanical gilt tooling to the spine, gilt facsimile Theodore Roosevelt signature to the front panel, top edge gilt, others uncut, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard lettered in red. In near fine condition.
The Naval War of 1812 was Roosevelts first book, published two years after his completion at Harvard. It is considered a seminal work in its field, and had a massive impact on the formation of the modern American Navy and is considered one of the best in its field. It was a considerable achievement for the 23-year-old Roosevelt, who had to learn the technical side of naval terminology and technology. While it was criticized by some for being scholarly and boring, it did well, going through four editions in six years. In 1886, just four years after being published, the U.S. Navy ordered a copy of the book to be placed on every ship. It also affected Roosevelt's later career, bringing his attention to the importance of a strong navy on power. He would go on to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy, where he modernized and built the American navy. This contributed significantly to America's rise as a world power. In very good condition with some reinforcement to the front endpaper.