Dudley, William S.; Crawford, Michael J. [editors]. The Early Republic and the Sea: Essays on the Naval and Maritime History of the Early United States. Washington DC: Brassey's Inc., 2001. First Edition. ISBN: 9781574883718.
256 pp. Fine in fine dust-jacket. Hardcover. 
Subjects treated: Smuggling in New England; the American model for the China trade; the undeclared naval war with France; the controversial attack by an American warship on a British merchantman shortely after the end of the War of 1812; adjudicating the slave trade.
"The collection also includes Elizabeth M. Nuxoll's price-winning essay, 'The Naval Movement of the Confederation Era,' and Jim Mockford's 'The Lady Washington at Kushimoto, Japan, in 1791'...Four essays are devoted to James Fenimore Cooper, the great American literary figure, whose own nautical experiences inspired his written contributions to naval history and sea fiction and his involvement in historical controversy." - dj flap.