1958 1st edition "First Printing" stated on copyright page; illustrated by Mimi Korach; random House publishers, New York; hardbound in lime green boards with red and black lettering and decor; very good condition with unmarked pages; boards have light fading - see pics.
Biography of Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette, the young French nobleman who aided the American rebels in their fight for independence.
Chapter 1, Why the Victoire Sailed Westward
On the Sunday morning of April 20, 1777, a freckled-faced, hazel-eyed young nobleman stared anxiously from the deck of the small frigate Victoire across the storm-roughened waters of Spain's Bay of Biscay. His reddish hair was powdered in the style of the French court. The young man was not yet twenty.
He had never before made the long, dangerous voyage to the New World of North America. Yet this was the land to whose freedom he had pledged his honor, his great fortune and his sword...