Dave Darrin's First (1910) & Second (1911) Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock The Saalfield Publishing Company

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Embark on a naval adventure with Dave Darrin's First and Second Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock, published in 1910 and 1911 by The Saalfield Publishing Company. These hardcover books, capture the journey of Dave Darrin and his best friend, Dan Dalzell, as they navigate the challenges of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

With aspirations of becoming admirals, these young men face a rigorous six-year path to commissioning. These volumes vividly portray their formative years, full of trials and triumphs. Their stories of resilience and ambition remain as compelling as ever.


  • Author: H. Irving Hancock
  • Publisher: The Saalfield Publishing Company
  • Years: 1910 & 1911
  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jackets
  • Pages: 250 (First Year), 212 (Second Year)
  • Dimensions: 8x6x1 inches each
  • Condition: Water stains on dust jackets, split binding (book one), signed by previous owner (book two)

Four Key Features:

  1. Adventure Series: Follows the journey of two friends aspiring to be naval officers.
  2. Historical Context: Set in the period just before WWI, offering a glimpse into early 20th-century naval training.
  3. Character Development: Explores the growth and challenges faced by the protagonists.
  4. Youthful Inspiration: Aimed at young readers, these stories inspire perseverance and ambition.

Beyond The Final Page:

"Dave Darrin's First and Second Year at Annapolis" are not just books; they're windows into a bygone era, showcasing the spirit of adventure and dedication of young naval cadets. They are captivating reads for those interested in naval history and juvenile literature.


These vintage books have been previously owned and show signs of wear, including water stains on dust jackets, split binding in the first book, and a previous owner's signature in the second. Despite these signs of age, the books' contents and charm are intact. Please refer to the photos for more details, and contact us for additional information or pictures.

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