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1 Caruana (Capt A.) The Pocket Artillerist or: The Art of Coarse Gunfiring A Handbook for the Safe Firing of Muzzle Loading Ordnance.
1992, Rotherfield, 
(iv), 124pp, 22 plates, tables in text, pictorial stiff paper wrappers, aŻgood clean copy. AJS: This handbook is intended to serve the enthusiast, the professional,Żand the amateur alike, and to provide a basis of information for any otherŻperson mildly interested in the firing of muzzle loading ordnance. MuzzleŻloading includes both the smooth bored muzzle loader (SBML) and the rifledŻmuzzle loader (RML), and the term ordnance embraces guns, howitzers andŻmortars. The SBML pieces fired today are not only original, historicalŻpieces, but also modern reproductions, and it is probably only a matter ofŻtime before the RML type is also reproduced.ŻFor use with 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 32, 42pdrs. Also 8, 10, 13inch mortars. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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2 Caruana (Capt A.B.) Cloth Set. The History of English Sea Ordnance 1523-1875. Two Volume Set.
1994-97, Rotherfield, 
two volumes, large format (32cm x 25cm), teg, coloured endpapers, dark greenŻcloth, dws, a good clean set [heavy item].Ż(1) The Age of Evolution, xviii + 237pp, 101 illus (from plans, paintings,Żprints etc), tables.Ż(2) The Age of the System 1715-1815, xii + 500pp, 193 illus (paintings,Żprints, line illustrations). Publisher: Volume I describes the creation of the English gunfoundingŻindustry under Henry VIII and Elizabeth, and the gradual move fromŻforeign-inspired guns to a domsetic tradition. It continues with theŻStuarts, and the arming of the ships during the Dutch Wars of the 17thŻcentury; it covers in detail the great ordnance survey which started inŻabout 1695, lasting for eight years, and which listed, measured and notedŻthe individual weights of some 14,000 guns of which no less than 6,000Żwere on board ships at the time. It concludes chronologically with theŻ1703 Establishment for guns and the state of the Navy in 1714.ŻVolume II describes the development of the long gun throughout the 18thŻcentury, starting with the Borgard designs of 1716 and 1719, it goes on toŻcover all the variants of the Armstrong designs up to theŻArmstrong-Frederick design of 1760, and concludes with the 1887 BlomfieldŻguns. It also covers the"light"guns which made their appearance at the endŻof the century; the Sadler gun, the Gover gun, and the Congreve carronadeŻgun.ŻAJS: The first truly comprehensive study of the armament of the Royal NavyŻthrough the ages. A further volume was announced for publication, however,Żthe author died and publication was abandoned. 
Price: 250.00 GBP
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3 Caruana (Capt A.B.) Leather Set. The History of English Sea Ordnance 1523-1875. Two Volume Set.
1994-97, Rotherfield, 
two volumes, large format (32cm x 25cm), teg, coloured endpapers, dark greenŻleather, raised bands on spines, a good clean set (heavy item).Ż(1) The Age of Evolution, xviii + 237pp, 101 illus (from plans, paintings,Żprints etc), tables.Ż(2) The Age of the System 1715-1815, xii + 500pp, 193 illus (paintings,Żprints, line illustrations). Publisher: Volume I describes the creation of the English gunfoundingŻindustry under Henry VIII and Elizabeth, and the gradual move fromŻforeign-inspired guns to a domsetic tradition. It continues with theŻStuarts, and the arming of the ships during the Dutch Wars of the 17thŻcentury; it covers in detail the great ordnance survey which started inŻabout 1695, lasting for eight years, and which listed, measured and notedŻthe individual weights of some 14,000 guns of which no less than 6,000Żwere on board ships at the time. It concludes chronologically with theŻ1703 Establishment for guns and the state of the Navy in 1714.ŻVolume II describes the development of the long gun throughout the 18thŻcentury, starting with the Borgard designs of 1716 and 1719, it goes on toŻcover all the variants of the Armstrong designs up to theŻArmstrong-Frederick design of 1760, and concludes with the 1887 BlomfieldŻguns. It also covers the"light"guns which made their appearance at the endŻof the century; the Sadler gun, the Gover gun, and the Congreve carronadeŻgun.ŻAJS: The first truly comprehensive study of the armament of the Royal NavyŻthrough the ages. A further volume was announced for publication, however,Żthe author died and publication was abandoned. 
Price: 350.00 GBP
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4 De Beer (Prof C.) The Art of Gunfounding. The Casting of Bronze Cannon in the Late 18th Century.
1991, Rotherfield, 
viii + 232pp, 52 full colour plates with 136 line illus, (sketches,Żreproductions from contemporary drawings), endpaper illus, large landscapeŻformat (24cm x 32cm), dw, a very good copy. Publisher: Throughout the 18th century, English bronze guns were cast atŻthe Woolwich Brass Foundry. Built in 1716, it served the needs of both theŻArmy and Navy until the end of the Seven Years' War, by which time it wasŻin urgent need of refurbishment and modernisation. A number ofŻtechnological improvements had been made in Continental foundries, and itŻwas not therefore altogether surprising that in 1770 the Board of OrdnanceŻrecruited the services of Jan and Pieter Verbruggen, gunfounders from TheŻHague.ŻThe Verbruggens (father and son) proved to be men of exceptional ability.ŻThey completely rebuilt the Foundry between 1770 and 1774, installing theŻlatest horizontal boring machines which enabled guns to be bored from theŻsolid rather than cast hollow, resulting in far greater accuracy ofŻmanufacture.ŻThe Verbruggens were not only highly skilled gunfounders, but also artistsŻof note, and during their tenure at Woolwich they found the time to paintŻa series of at least fifty magnificent watercolours, detailing every stepŻof the gunfounding and machining process. It is these paintings which formŻthe raison d'etre of this book. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
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5 Escola da Servico de Torpedos (Portugal). Curso da Escola de Torpedos.
1892-95, Lisbon, 
two items bound together, in an attractive full goat binding, gilt embellishments and title on front board. (1) Instruccao de Provas Electricas. 1892, 45pp, 25 text figs. (2) Emprego de Torpedos no Mar. 1895, 73pp, 22 text figs. AJS: Published in Lisbon, Portuguese text. As with many other European nations, Portugal developed its use of the torpedo for its navy, it acquired technology from Whitehead in Fiume. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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6 Escola da Servico de Torpedos (Portugal). Curso da Escola de Torpedos.
1897-1900, Lisbon, 
four items bound together, in an attractive full goat binding, gilt embellishments and title on front board. (1) Instruccoes para Servico dos Torpedos Whitehead. 1900, 40pp. (2) Instruccoes para Servico dos Torpedos Whitehead. 1900, ii + 6 plates (3 folding). (3) Instruccoes para Servico dos Torpedos Whitehead. 1897, 122pp, (4) Instruccoes para Servico dos Torpedos Whitehead. 1897, ii + 26 plates (4 folding). AJS: Published in Lisbon, Portuguese text. As with many other European nations, Portugal developed its use of the torpedo for its navy, it acquired technology from Whitehead in Fiume. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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7 Escola da Servico de Torpedos (Portugal). Curso da Escola de Torpedos.
1899, Lisbon, 
two items bound together, in an attractive full goat binding, gilt embellishments and title on front board. (1) Manual de Electricidade e Magnetismo para usa do Marinheiro Torpedeiro. 47pp, 18 text figs. (2) Nocoes de Electrologia. 91pp, 19 text figs (one folding heightened with colour). AJS: Published in Lisbon, Portuguese text. As with many other European nations, Portugal developed its use of the torpedo for its navy, it acquired technology from Whitehead in Fiume. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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8 Government Report (USA). Restricted - For Official Use Only. Navy Training Courses. Instructions for Use in Preparation for the Rating of Torpedoman 2c.
1939, Washington, 
vi + 103pp, 18 text illus, folding plate, printed paper wrappers. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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9 Kempthorne (T.) Two ALS. Correspondence between Thomas Kempthorne of His Majesty's Dockyard Chatham and Mr Secretary Burchett and various Gunners. Dated May 1731.
1731, 
Two ALS, mounted in large card folder, with protective cover. (1) 2pp, size 30cm x 18cm, watermark, in a good clear hand, signed by each of the six gunners instructed to compare cured paper and parchment cartridges. (2) 2pp, size 30cm x 18cm, watermark, in a good clear hand, signed by Kempthorne and conveying the opinion of the gunners to Mr Secretary Burchett. AJS: Kempthorne was instructed by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to investigate the benefits or advantages of cured paper as against parchment cartridges for use in His Majesty's Navy. There is a detailed (24 lines) reply from the six gunners appointed to carry out the study, recommending cured paper cartridges for lodging powder in their chests, giving an example of a cartridge found to be in good state after eight months at sea in both the Mediterranean and Baltick. At the same time they were of the opnion that parchment cartridges were more effective in time of engaging the enemy at sea as they were easier to use. Kempthorne conveys his views on the above. NB: One point of note is that Secretary Burchett was Secretary to the Admiralty for over fifty years (1692-1742). He wrote two important works Memoirs of Transacations at Sea (1703) and A Complete History of the Most Remarkable Transactions at Sea (1720). 
Price: 350.00 GBP
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10 May (Cdr W.E.) & Annis (P.G.W.) Swords for Sea Service.
1970, 
in two volumes, large format (30cm x 21cm), in dws (heavy set).Ż(1) xii + 256pp, 4 colour plates, 29 figs in text (some multi-view),Żendpaper illus.Ż(2) pagination continues to 398pp, colour frontis, 3 figs in text, 140Żphotographic plates as a section at end of volume, endpaper illus. AJS: A standard authority and yet to be superceeded, published by theŻNational Maritime Museum, Greenwich, in association with HMSO. The work isŻdivided into five parts (1) British Swords; (2) Swords of Other Lands; (3)ŻSwords in the National Maritime Museum; (4) Sword Cutlers; (5)ŻBiographical Notes on Naval Officers. Uncommon in this condition. 
Price: 265.00 GBP
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11 McGrath (J.) Swords for Officers of the Royal Navy.
2004, 
32pp, title illus, 31 illus, 17 text illus, pictorial stiff paper covers. AJS: A basic study and the second study in the series. 
Price: 4.50 GBP
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12 NMM Monograph No 1. Greenhill (B.) Aspects of the History of Wooden Shipbuilding.
1970, 
31pp, 27 illus, pictorial paper covers. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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13 Poolman (K.) The Winning Edge Naval Technology in Action, 1939-1945.
1997, 
xii + 235pp, 37 illus, 2 maps, dw. Publisher: This book describes in lay terms the development of the weapons that dominated naval warfare from 1939-45, and their employment in action. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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14 Scoffern (J.) Projectile Weapons of War and Explosive Compounds.
1858 rp 1971, 
xi + 306pp, 33 illus, dw. Riling, entry 552: New weapons, including rifled ordnance, and breech-loading cannon by Armstrong, as well as information on Minie and Delvigne projectiles, the Prussian needle gun, and Lancaster oval rifle boring. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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15 Scott (J.D.) Vickers A History.
1962, 
xxii + 416pp, 35 illus, handsome format, dw. AJS: This firm was at the heart of the national arms industry from the 1880s. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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16 Seller (J.) Cloth The Sea-Gunner: Shewing the Practical Part of Gunnery, As it is Used at Sea, etc.,
1691 rp 1994, Limited ed 700 copies, Rotherfield, 
xivpp introduction, xvi + 202 + 33pp + 4pp, 3 folding plates, small format,Żdw, a good clean copy. Publisher: The first English book written solely for the gunner in the seaŻservice, although it owes much to earlier works written for the landŻservice, notably Bourne's The Art of Shooting in Great Ordnance (1578),ŻNye's Art of Gunnery (1670), the anonymous Compleat Gunner of 1672, andŻBinning's A Light to the Art of Gunnery (1689). It no doubt draws also onŻnumerous manuscript Gunner's Notes deriving from the course of instructionŻoperated by the Board of Ordnance which had been in operation for theŻprevious 150 years. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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17 Seller (J.) Leather The Sea-Gunner: Shewing the Practical Part of Gunnery, As it is Used at Sea, etc.,
1691 rp 1994, in a limited edition 50 copies, Roth 
xivpp introduction, xvi + 202 + 33pp + 4pp, 3 folding plates, small formatŻ(16cm x 10.5cm), teg, coloured endpapers, full green leather, a good cleanŻcopy. Publisher: The first English book written solely for the gunner in the seaŻservice, although it owes much to earlier works written for the landŻservice, notably Bourne's The Art of Shooting in Great Ordnance (1578),ŻNye's Art of Gunnery (1670), the anonymous Compleat Gunner of 1672, andŻBinning's A Light to the Art of Gunnery (1689). It no doubt draws also onŻnumerous manuscript Gunner's Notes deriving from the course of instructionŻoperated by the Board of Ordnance which had been in operation for theŻprevious 150 years. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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18 Sweeting (Sgt R.C.) Modern Infantry Weapons and Training in Their Use.
1962, 
123pp, 61 illus, printed stiff card, title on front board. AJS: Everything the average Jihadi would need to know. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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