Octavo, xvii, , 310pp. Three quarter morocco, blue cloth, raised bands, title stamped in gilt on spine with nautical illustrations. Top edge gilt. Illustrated endpapers depicting the Pacific Ocean. Sewn-in silk bookmark. From a limited edition printing of 100 copies signed by Admiral Halsey. Limitation reads: “One hundred copies of the first printing of Admiral Halsey’s Story have been specially bound in three-quarter morocco. This copy is number 84.” Copy is signed by William F. Halsey on the limitation page.
Comments: 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.