Boston: Little, Brown, 1869.
First Edition. Softcover. Fair. Two volumes in one, including both District Court and Circuit Court proceedings pp. xviii, 344; iii, (4)-208. Text clean and complete, but lacking rear wrapper, front wrapper detached and chipped, some pages chipped at the corners, spine broken in several spots. The Meteor was a fast steamer that had been built to pursue Confederate privateers but was never purchased by the United States government, as the Civil War ended before the ship was needed. Her owners put her up for sale in late 1865 and soon entered negotiations for a sale to the Chilean government. Because Chile was in the process of preparing for war with Spain, in January 1866 the United States seized the ship for violating the Neutrality Act. Represented by William Maxwell Evarts, the ship's owners put up a vigorous defense to the charges, which is reported here.