1835 The Gun; or, A Treatise on Various Descriptions of Small Fire-Arms
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First Edition, Illustrated, Rebound, Scarce
A very scarce work on the principles of gunnery by English inventor and gunmaker William Greener. Greener developed a self-expanding bullet in 1835, and an electric lamp in 1846, over thirty years before Thomas Edison's patent in 1879.
Greener also invented a self-righting lifeboat, which was exhibited with a rocket gun, and several of his famous percussion muzzle loading shotguns and rifles at the Great Exhibition of 1851, where he was awarded a gold medal.
Illustrated with four engraved plates, and numerous vignette illustrations. Collated, complete.
Within this study of the small fire-arm, Greener laments the state of English gun-making, suggests improvements, and provides information on the means of detecting the manufacture of any inferior arms. Further chapters examine double barrel guns, rifles, muskets and military arms, and the use of various types of iron.
With a twenty-three page publisher's catalogue, dated December 1838, bound in to the start of the work.
The first edition of the inventor of the Greener Bullet's important study of the gun.
Rebound in cloth, with original calf spine label laid down to back strip. Endpapers renewed. Externally, fine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages lightly age toned to perimeters, but otherwise clean and bright.
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