First edition (not stated). Unpaged - approximately 300 pages. Hardcover: H 30.75cm x L 23.75cm. White cloth with some soiling and light staining, red stamped lettering and decoration to front board and spine with light flaking to former and stronger flaking to latter. Brown staining at bottom of front free endpaper recto; scattered light soiling to interior pages which, overall, remain clean; bottom fore-edge corners of three leaves at rear are creased from past fold-ins. Binding is firm. A very good- copy. With front and rear color endpaper maps of eastern and western Pacific and a short introductory essay by USS Ranger second-in-command Captain Noel Gayler (who, of course, later rose to Admiral, was director of the National Security Agency, and was appointed Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command). Brief text passages and numerous captioned b/w photographs (some color photos and occasional illustrations too) review the USS Ranger cruise and its crew for its Western Pacific Ocean deployment for January to July 1959 with ports of call in Hawaii, Yokosuka, Buckner Bay (Nakagusuku Bay), Sasebo, Manila, Subic Bay, and Hong Kong. An uncommon US Navy cruisebook as OCLC locates copies at only three member institutions - East Carolina University, United States Naval Academy, and Japan's National Diet Library - with a further search citing another copy held by the [U.S.] Naval History and Heritage Command Navy Department Library. Tokyo printer's statement on rear free endpaper recto but no publication date is specified; presumably the cruisebook was issued in late 1959 or perhaps early 1960. Please note that this large book has an approximate shipping weight of 4.75 pounds and will require additional postage for any postal class other than domestic Media Mail. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: USS RANGER WESTERN PACIFIC CRUISE ...
Publisher: Tokyo, Japan: Daito Art Printing Co., Ltd., [no date, presumably 1959].
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