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The little bombardier, and pocket gunner.

London : Printed for T. Egerton, Military Library, Whithall, 1801.
Physical Description:
[6], 216 p. ; 14 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
UF155.G7 L58 1801
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
May have been written by Ralph Willett Adye. Cf. DNB.
Printed by Blackader, 10, Took's Court, Chancery Lane.
With a preliminary half-title leaf.
DNB, v. 1, p. 372
Eng. Cat. of Books, v. 1, p. 344
BAC: British Art Center copy is bound in contemporary calf. Has extensive annotations by John Suther Williamson, who "was for some time superintendent of the Royal Military Repository, Woolwich, and prepared a new and extensive course of instruction in artillery, which formed the basis of the exercise of heavy ordnance and of all the miscellaneous instructions of the gunner for many years" (Cf. DNB). Williamson's annotations cover a variety of subjects relative to artillery, from the technical mathematics to the organization of artillery regiments, the components of gun metal, the quantities of gunpowder carried by wagons, the directions for loading guns with red hot shot, and the disposition of men using different guns and gun carriages. He also includes an explanation of the "effects and advantages which might be derived by firing case shot in the mode propos'd by Major Shrapnell" (p. 241) and a number of manuscript tables which show, for example, the various weights of different types of shot, the necessary charges of gunpowder for service, saluting and scaling, and the spaces between road ruts in different parts of Europe for the movement of artillery. All of the notes are written in pen and brown ink. Some are written in the margins, but the bulk are included on 74 pages inserted at back (numbered 217-290), which are densely filled with annotations. The endnotes are keyed to page numbers of the printed text.
Subject Terms:
Artillery drill and tactics -- Dictionaries.
Beazeley, A. -- Autograph, 1845.
Blackader -- Printer.
Egerton, T. -- Publisher.
Great Britain. Army. Artillery -- Drill and tactics -- Dictionaries.
Gunnery -- Dictionaries.
Ordnance -- Dictionaries.
Williamson, John Suther, ca. 1775-1836 -- Autograph, 1801.
Williamson, John Suther, ca. 1775-1836 -- Ms. notes.
Williamson, John Suther, ca. 1775-1836.
Annotations (Provenance) -- 19th century.
Adye, Ralph Willett, d. 1804, attributed author.
Williamson, John Suther, ca. 1775-1836.

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