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Macdonald, John, 1759–1831

A treatise explanatory of a new system of naval, military and political telegraphic communication of general application : in which a comprehensive numerical dictionary, calculated to espress, in the most east, and most obvious manner ... is applied under a copious illustration, to different descriptions of terrestrial and nocturnal telegraphs on new and simple principles, in order to mature, and render general a science, hitherto in its infancy / by John Macdonald, Esq. F.R.S. F.A.S. late Lieutenant-Colonel and engineer, translator of The French tactics; author of a Treatise on telegraphic communication and of several other works.

Additional Title(s):

Naval, military and political dictionary

London : Printed by C. Roworth, Bell Yard, Temple Bar, 1817.
Physical Description:
[10], 77, [78]-[841] p., XIX [i.e.33] leaves of plates (1 folded) : ill. ; 22 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
UG575.G7 M33 1817
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Title continued: All the simple, compound, and potential inflections of the verb;-Phrases of common recurrence, for a ready formation of sentences;-the infinitive mood, in addition to the common mutations of the verb;-the singulars and plurals of substantives;-the comparison of adjectives;-Naval and military sentences of service;-2970 combinations of the letters, by twos, threes, and fours, to carry on occasional and unavoidable spelling, where proper names occur in sentences;-a mode of expressing any of these, by a single telegraphic movement, by sea, or land;-Military field movements;-Numbers occuring in sentences;-the names of ships of war, and of others;-the quarter-points of the mariner's compass, by east and west, round to north;-proper names of persons;-the days of the year;-specimens of various telegraphic communications;-proper names in a gazetter of the most remarkable places;-titles of honor;-instances of commercial intercourse;-with other expedients for facilitating communcation, and for the purpose of avoiding L-e-t-t-e-r-i-n-g.
Separate t.p., p. [81], reads: A naval, military and political dictionary, numerically arranged, on a very comprehensive scale, and calculated to express, in the most easy and obvious manner all the simple, compound, and potential inflections of the verb ...
Engravings by Samuel John Neele.
There are five plates numberd X, two plates numbered XII, and seven plates numbered XIII.
At foot of t.p.: "This work may be inspected by Naval and Military officers, at T. Egerton's, Military Library, Whitehall."
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in gilt-stamped red morocco, with gilt edges.
Subject Terms:
Aids to navigation -- Great Britain.
Communications, Military.
Engraving -- Specimens -- 1817.
Engraving, Colored -- Specimens -- 1817.
Roworth, C. -- Printer.
Signals and signaling -- Great Britain -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Neele, Samuel John, 1758-1824, engraver.

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