GREEK LANDS & LETTERS 1909 (U.S.S. MINNESOTA & U.S.S. ARGONNE Navy Battleships)
GREEK LANDS AND LETTERS. By Francis Greenleaf Allinson and Anne C. E. Allinson, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston and New York, 1909.
Navy blue with gilt title & gilt top edge. Nice overall with mild cover wear and few tiny bottom corner tip dog-ears near front. 8-1/4 x 5 with 472 pages.
RARE COPY WITH BOOKPLATE AT FRONT INSIDE COVER: SHIP'S LIBRARY. U.S.S. MINNESOTA. With seal of the DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY #374-1. Rear inside cover with library checkout card from U.S.S. ARGONNE. And there is a Navy blind punch stamp scatted throughout. Scarce United States Navy copy with real American military history!
RARE MILITARY COPY WITH A RICH HISTORY!!
U.S.S. MINNESOTA - Shortly after she entered service, Minnesota joined the Great White Fleet for its circumnavigation of the globe in 1908–09. The years from 1909 to 1912 were uneventful, but thereafter the ship began to become involved in conflicts in the Caribbean. She supported efforts to put down an insurrection in Cuba in 1912 and patrolled the coast of Mexico in 1913–14 during the Mexican Revolution. In 1916, the ship was placed in reserve, though she quickly returned to service when the United States entered World War I in April 1917.
U.S.S. ARGONNE (AP-4/AS-10/AG-31) was originally completed in 1920 under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract by the International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, Pa., delivered to the War Department in December 1920, named Argonne for the U.S. Army's Meuse-Argonne campaign participation in World War I, laid up in February 1921 and loaned to the Navy on 3 November 1921. Accepted preliminarily by the Navy on that date, she was commissioned as Argonne on 8 November 1921 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Lt. Comdr. Theodore H. Winters in command. The ship was permanently transferred to the Navy 6 August 1924 by Executive Order.