[BIOGRAPHY]. STEEDMAN, Charles. Memoir and Correspondence of Charles Steedman, Rear Admiral, United States Navy, with His Autobiography and Private Journals 1811-1890. Edited by Amos Lawrence Mason, A.B., M.D., Harvard. Cambridge: Privately Printed at The Riverside Press, 1912. [i-vii] viii-xxi [1, blank], [1-3] 4-556 pp., frontispiece, map, and 73 leaves of sepia toned plates (most printed on both sides). 8vo (23.5 x 16.5 cm), original navy blue cloth, spine gilt lettered, t.e.g. Light rubbing. Binding is insufficient to support the weight of the text block, with the result that text block tends to crack; two leaves and two plates separated. Overall a fine copy. Inscribed on front flyleaf from the editor to his sister, Susan L. Oliver, August 12, 1912, and with ownership inscription of Lloyd M. Harmon just below. Very rare. No copies at auction in over thirty years, and most copies on OCLC are electronic versions.
First edition, limited edition (#41 of 100 copies). Connor & Faulk 607. Tutorow 3685: “Steedman participated in the naval operations on the Gulf coast on the St. Mary’s and commanded the 8-inch gun in the bombardment of Vera Cruz and San Juan de Ulúa.”
His Mexican-American War experiences are briefly covered in chapter 9. Steedman (1811-1890) was a professional naval officer who served in many capacities during a long career.
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