New York: Harper & Brothers, 1834-01-01. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7. Very Good. Item #8716
1835 1st edition, rebound in 20th-century brown cloth gilt. Written in defense of a congressional inquiry into the actions of Captain and crew for destroying the town of Kuala Batee on the island of Sumatra after being attacked by local Malays. "On her first overseas cruise, Potomac departed New York 19 August 1831 for the Pacific Squadron via the Cape of Good Hope on the first Sumatran Expedition. On 6 February 1832, Potomac destroyed the town of Kuala Batee in retaliation for the capture there in February of the previous year of the American merchantman Friendship, which had been recaptured and returned to Salem to report the murder of many of her crew. Of Potomac's 282 sailors and Marines who landed, two were killed while 150 natives died, including Mahomet, the chieftain. After circumnavigating the world, Potomac returned to Boston 23 May 1834." - Wiki8 plates including four fold-outs, plus one exceptional large fold-out map of Lima and a nice fold out view of Rio de Janeiro.Square Tight Binding. Clean interior. Moderate foxing throughout.