Auction 107, Lot 642

"The Case of the United States to be laid before the Tribunal of Arbitration, to be Convened at Geneva…", U.S. Government

Subject: History Books

Period: 1872 (published)

Publication: 42d Congress, 2d Session, Senate Ex. Doc No 31


6 x 9 inches
15.2 x 22.9 cm

These claims were brought by the United States against Great Britain for the damage caused by several Confederate warships that were built in Liverpool, most notably the Alabama. The British Foreign Enlistment Act of 1819 forbid the construction of foreign warships in its ports. These vessels destroyed or captured more than 250 American merchant ships and caused the conversion of 700 more to foreign flags. Charles Sumner, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, proposed a compensation of $2 billion and recommended the cession of Canada as well! The claims were eventually settled for $15 million. A fascinating read into an early international suit. Hardbound in rust cloth. 190 pp, index. Foldout map titled "The S.E. Coast of the United States and its relation to the British West India Colonies."


Condition: B

Covers bumped and rubbed. First few pages with scattered foxing, but quite readable. Map is very good.

Estimate: $60 - $80

Sold for: $45

Closed on 6/9/2004