From the personal collection of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., first edition of The Riddle of Jutland by Langhorne Gibson.
Octavo, xvii, 416pp. Red cloth, title stamped in blind on front cover, title in gilt on spine. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Previous ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. This copy is from the Navy Department’s Bureau of Navigation in Washington, D.C. Solid text block, rubbing to corners, sunning to spine. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $4.00 retail price on front flap, small chips along top edge, light rubbing to corners, tape repairs to verso. A notable association copy.
Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. (1911-1981) served in the United States Navy for 45 years. He was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Sr., a four-star admiral who commanded South Pacific aircraft operations in World War II, and the father of Senator John McCain. During the Vietnam War, Admiral McCain was Commander-in-Chief of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater and an ardent supporter of the Vietnamization policy of President Nixon. McCain retired in 1972 and died of a heart attack in 1981. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.