[Sammelband] Military Notes on Cuba [Bound With] Staffs of Various Armies
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1898. Very Good. Item #21599
Octavo (24cm.); two volumes bound in one; contemporary cloth-backed marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine, original blue printed wrappers of both titles bound in; x,507; 231pp.; tables throughout. Ex-Cornell University Library with their contemporary markings, including gift ex libris from the U.S. War Department, some general minor edge wear with brief exposure at board margins, else a Very Good, still quite sturdy copy. "Military Notes on Cuba" is described as a revised edition in the introductory notes, while "Staffs of Various Armies" is a first edition.
Extensive colonialist description of Cuba composed in the wake of the Spanish-American War, providing brief overviews of the country's climate ("Hurricanes may occur from August to October"); Diseases and Hygienic Measures ("The worst place for foreigners on their arrival in Cuba is the coast, and the important cities are generally located along the worst part of the coast"); and Fruits ("The fruits of Cuba are numerous and delicious"). The majority of the text is then divided geographically, beginning with the city of Habana.