Signed first edition of Admiral Halsey’s Story, signed by Admiral Halsey on the frontispiece portrait.
Octavo, xvii, , 310pp. Blue cloth, title printed on spine. Illustrated endpapers. First printing, with no additional printings mentioned on copyright page. Previous ownership inscription on front free endpaper. In publisher’s very good dust jacket, $4.00 retail price on front flap, small archival repair to verso, chipping to edges, 1 cm loss at spine, otherwise bright illustrations and vibrant colors. Signed by Fleet Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey on the frontispiece portrait.
Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey (1882-1959) was an American Navy admiral during World War II, becoming commander of the South Pacific Area. He oversaw allied forces during the Battle for Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. After promotion to the command of the Third Fleet, he took part in the Battle for Leyte Gulf, which was the largest naval battle of the Second World War and, by some accounts, the largest naval battle in history. He retired in 1947 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in 1959.