Octavo, xx,  – 482pp. Red morocco over marbled boards, title in gilt on spine, decorative gilt over 5 raised bands. Marbled endpapers, bookplate from “Geo. S. Perry, Cadiz, Ohio” affixed to front endpaper. Bumped corners, worn edges, marbled boards with shelf wear and rubbing. Includes two foldout maps, one of the American continent and the second a hand-colored illustration of the topography of South America, with some splitting at seams of the first map. Marginal tear to front free endpaper [Aa] and dampstaining to lower margin, not affecting text. Signed by Oliver Hazard Perry on front free endpaper, with the following inscription: “Com. O.H. Perry / US Ship John Adams.” Additional signature by his wife (Elizabeth Champlin Mason Perry) below the signature: “Mrs. E.C. Perry / Feby 1845 / Brooklyn.” Provenance: Book was passed down through the Perry family. Sold at Sotheby’s, 2018.
Comments: In 1819, Colonel Perry was sent to Venezuela aboard the US Frigate John Adams, with the inscription in the book matching that timeline. While in Venezuela, negotiating an anti-piracy agreement with President Simon Bolivar, he contracted yellow fever. Perry died at the age of 34 and was buried in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. He was later moved back to the United States and buried alongside his brother in Newport, Rhode Island.