Second, retitled edition.
Boston: Wm. J. Reynolds and Company, 1847. Illustrated by Hammatt Billings.
Octavo, original black cloth decoratively stamped in blind, lettered in gilt on spine. Covers a bit rubbed and with some small blue stains on rear, spine ends a little worn, name in ink on front pastedown with slight abrasion of paper, slight browning and foxing throughout.
The book is a novel of the American Navy in the War of 1812. Little had published his memoirs Life on the Ocean in 1843 and followed with a fictionalized narrative that was first issued at Boston in 1846 as The American Cruiser; or, The Two Messmates. A Tale of the Last War. Two editions with the present tilte appeared in 1847 and 1848 and a final edition entitled The American Cruiser's Own Book appeared in New York in 1849. The first edition of 1846 contained only eight plates and no mention of Billings; the celebrated illustrator was featured on the title-page of this edition. [Wright I, 1700, and see 1699, 1700a & 1700b. Hamilton, 402, and see 1501. Sabin 41512 (this edition). S & W 45].