Narrative of the Mission to Russia, in 1866, of the Hon. Gustavus Vasa Fox, from the Journal and Notes of J.F. Loubat. [Alaska Acquisition] [Diplomatic relations]
New York: D. Appleton, 1873. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover with Decorated cloth.
Inscribed by the author "Miss Fanny Reed/compliments of J.F. Loubat / Paris April 12th, 1874."
Publisher's beveled green pebbled cloth decorated in gilt and blind. 4to; 9 1/2 x 7 inches (24 x 18 cm); viii, , -444 pages, frontispiece and 12 tissue-guarded engraved portrait plates tipped on stiff card-stock by John Chester Buttre and Henry Bryan Hall. Appendix A: Dispatch from Prince Gortchakoff to M. de Stoeckl -- Appendix B: Names of United States Men-of-War -- Appendix C: Miantonomoh Galop -- Appendix D: Speech of Prince Gortchakoff -- Appendix E: Grand-duke Alexis's visit to Mr. Fox.
The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear with the spine tips pushed and minor corner rubs. Pages 15 – 17 with plate are bumped on the upper front edge.
Very Good. Item #16567
This is a presentation copy from the French/American bibliophile, sportsman, and philanthropist Joseph Florimond Loubat who accompanied Fox on the diplomatic mission to Fanny Reed, likely the entertaining American singer who resided in Paris at the time of the inscription.
After the American Civil War, Gustavus Vasa Fox was dispatched to Russia to congratulate the Tsar on escaping assassination. At this time, Fox played a role in the negotiations for United States to acquire Alaska.