Very Good / No Jacket. Item #001744
New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1945. Stated First Edition. Signed by the author on front free endpaper without dedication but with inscription "Sincerely, December '45. Richard A. Shafter."
Octavo; x, 246pp. Blue cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine. Missing dust jacket. Boards lightly shelfworn with a small white smudge at top front corner. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
First book in the U.S. Navy in Action Series. A history of the destroyer, beginning with a "Genesis of the Tincans" and progressing with chapters on their evolving use and others profiling individual ships. Published just after the end of the Second World War.