Military Pyrotechny for the use of the Cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Capt. Miner Knowlton or Lt. Zebina James Duncan Kinsley

Editorial: Lithographed by J.C. Poortermans, 1832
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[PRINTED FOR CADET JOHN W. JUDSON]. SIGNED BY JUDSON ON THE FREE FRONT END PAPER AND TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FRONT BOARED. Fifty -five lithographed text pages of manuscript and twenty-four folding plates. Plates are on thick heavy paper. All plates are neatly folded. Re-backed in brown half calf. Five raised bands bordered in gilt with embossed designs to the compartments. Title in gilt. Original marble paper covered boards with the original paste downs and end papers. Scattered minor foxing and a few plates. Binding is tight and square. Excellent condition. A fascinating work, written for West Point cadets as a manual on the various methods of making explosive weaponry and ammunition for the Army. This particular copy was printed for John W. Judson a West Point cadet who graduated in 1836. A RARE military manual. Size: 8.25" x 14.0" 1st Printing Language: eng. N° de ref. de la librería

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Título: Military Pyrotechny for the use of the ...
Editorial: Lithographed by J.C. Poortermans
Año de publicación: 1832
Encuadernación: Half Leather
Condición del libro: Very Good +
Edición: 2nd Edition.

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Publicado por Lithographed by J. C. Poortermans], [West Point (1832)
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Descripción Lithographed by J. C. Poortermans], [West Point, 1832. Folio. (13 5/8 x 8 inches). Lithographed throughout. [4, including blank following the title], 55, [1]pp. 24 folding lithographed plates. Uncut. Bound to style in half calf and original marbled paper boards. Housed in a oatmeal cloth box with leather label. The first edition of the first book produced by lithography at West Point: an illustrated manual on the production of ordinance. Printed as a textbook for cadets to accompany a series of lectures on the production of explosive ordinance, the work has been ascribed to Captain Miner Knowlton, an assistant professor of mathematics at the military academy, who would later write a treatise on gunpowder, cannons and projectiles. It would seem more likely to have been authored by Dennis Hart Mahan, however, the more accomplished Professor of Civil and Military Engineering or J. D. Kinsley Zebina, the armorer at West Point. The plates depict the manufacturing processes relating to various ordinance: gun powder, cannister and grape shot, fuzes, rock fire, bombs, grenades, smoke balls, suffocating balls, petards, rockets, signal rockets, stars, etc. The work is lithographed throughout, both text and plates, by Jacobus C. Poortermans, a Dutch artist, who following a brief stint establishing the lithographic press at West Point, travelled to South Africa, establishing a lithographic press in Cape Town in 1836. As the work was done exclusively for the use of cadets, it is believed that fewer than 100 copies were produced. Subsequent editions were published into the 1840s. Sabin 48975 (1839 edition). Nº de ref. del artículo: 30526

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