Buffalo: Derby, Orton and Mulligan; Auburn: Derby & Miller, 1853. First edition. 8vo, original blind-stamped violet-brown cloth, gilt lettering, 291, ,  pages. Cloth sunned and faded; some foxing throughout; ink spot to the upper board; a good, sound copy. Item #13946
From the eventual Surgeon General of the U. S. Navy, celebrated spy in the Mexican War, and early citizen of Erie, Penna. (Wood was stationed there with the steamer Michigan, the navy's first iron-hulled warship) comes this miscellany of essays on topics ranging from naval matters (he includes a lengthy argument on scientific, medical and social grounds against the naval grog ration) to a sketch of Erie County, Pennsylvania. Midland Notes 80:477: "An unrecorded historical sketch of ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA. The author appears to have been a resident of Erie, and several of the other papers were delivered in that city, and range from 'Popular Education' to 'Naval Institutions of a Republic.'" Front free endpaper excised, though leaving behind some evidence (in ink offset to the paste-down) that this had been a presentation copy signed "the Author." Neat small ink ownership stamp of industrialist and philanthropist A.S. Hewitt on the title page.