First edition of The Old Navy and the New by Rear Admiral Daniel Ammen.
Octavo, xvi, 15-553pp. Navy blue cloth, title in gilt on front cover and spine, illustrations stamped in silver on front cover and spine. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Solid text block, floral endpapers, light rubbing to corners and spine, a near fine example. Previous ownership stamp on front pastedown endpaper. Frontispiece portrait with tissue cover. Held in custom acetate dust wrapper. An exceptional copy.
Daniel Ammen (1820-1898) was an Ohio-born naval officer that served during the Civil War. Ammen joined the navy as a Midshipman in 1836. During his long career, he was promoted several times, retiring in 1878 from his position as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, with the title of Rear Admiral.