Second edition of Toward a New Order of Sea Power by Harold and Margaret Sprout, from the personal collection of U.S. Navy Admiral Alan Goodrich Kirk.
Octavo, xiii, 332pp. Gray cloth, title in silver on spine. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Solid text block, sunning to spine, top edge dyed black, a near fine example. In publisher’s dust jacket, $3.75 retail price listed on front flap, “2nd Edition” printed on front flap, sunning on spine, chipping on edges, a closed tear on bottom of spine, a very good example. This copy is signed by U.S. Navy Admiral Alan Goodrich Kirk on front free endpaper, with a note: “from S.M.G. Princeton 13/1/41.”
Alan Goodrich Kirk served in the U.S. Navy during both World War I and World War II. He was a commander in 1942 and 1943 during the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy, and the senior U.S. naval commander on D-Day, June 1944. In retirement, Kirk became a U.S. diplomat, serving in Belgium, the Soviet Union, and Taiwan.