Baltimore, Maryland: Kelly, Piet & Co. 1869. First Edition. Leather-bound. 4to, brown calf over red and white nonpareil marbled boards, measuring 9" x 6.5" x 2". Leather spine and corners double-ruled in gilt. Elaborate gilt spine with patterns of a sextant, an anchor, and a navigational star, bordered by an aquatic vignette of a curled wave, at each corner of each of the three nautical images. Beveled edges,The nonpareil marbled pattern, though somewhat faded, repeats at all edges, and, again, with many more colors, on the free and pastedown endpapers, front and rear. Six chromo-lithographed plates by Hoen & Co., Baltimore, including a striking and multi-colored image by Civil War battle veteran and artist Allen C. Redwood, entitled "The Blowing up of the James River Fleet, on the night of the Evacuation of Richmond". Redwood is responsible for at least one other of the six chromo-lithographic images in the book.
Just a bit of shelf rubbing to boards, particularly along top and bottom edges. Front pastedown bears previous owner's handsome bookplate, and on the front fly, the penciled name of a relative, with an 1876 date. were well-known bankers and investors in Iowa, and then Southern California. A few instances of foxing throughout, including the borders of several of the plates, but none seriously obfuscates the image.
Simultaneously published in London, England and Baltimore, Maryland USA. (Howes, S-286; Broadfoot, P. 520 (Fourth Ed.). Very Good Plus. Item #74120
Chapter 6, entitled "The Question of Slavery as it Affected Secession", appears to be a polemic against the slavery-hating North.