This first edition is a fancy presentation copy given away by the author Murat Halstead. It has on the front in gold lettering "Compliments of Murat Halstead the Author to George Dewey the Admiral." I believe this is real leather done to look like crocodile. Presentation copies were special copies given by the author to friends, family, politicians, schools etc... It has marbled edges. This book was his popular The Life and Achievements of Admiral Dewey from Montpelier to Manila: The brilliant cadet - the heroic lieutenant - the capable captain - the conquering commodore - The Famous Admiral: One of the Stars in the class at Annapolis, Distinguished in tremendous battles on the Mississippi and the Atlantic. Hero Of Manila, Loyal to Duty, Faithful to the flag, and true to friends...splendidly illustrated with many superb half-tone engravings made from photographs taken by special photographer especially for this book." This was by Murat Halstead and printed in 1899 by Our Possessions Publishing Co. This work covers his family tree, birthplace, education, Annapolis, his service on the Mississippi, on the Equipment of the Navy, The Battle of Manila Bay, Administration at Manila, Political Philosophy, General Aguinaldo, The Singapore Aguinaldo Intrigue, Filipino Conspiracy, Anti-American Party Element, Personal Matters, A Most Interesting Letter from Confederate Soldiers, False Stories of the Victories at Tagalos, The Lesson of the Spanish War, Capt. Clark of the Oregon, His Marriage, Question of the German Menace in the Philippines, Letters From Admiral Dewey, Strong Position of General Otis, Farragut Ascends the River, The Fight at Fort Hudson and much more! 452 pages of great history!
This is app. 9.5"x7". The hard-boards are leather clad. This has a little chipping to the spine edges. The gold lettering is fading as shown. There is a name inside in pencil. There is a little foxing to the edge of the title page. There is age toning to the pages. The hinges are tight and all pages are intact. The book is complete. There are no offensive odors.