Edinburgh: A. Bell and C. Macfarquhar, 1797. Third Edtion. Unopened extract from the original 1797 volume of the renowned encyclopedia, consisting of 54 pages (pp195-248) on guns and gun making, with two copper engraved plates. The wonderful engraved images of cannon includes a row of cannon ranging in size from a 33 pounder down to a 12 powder, with a cut away view of the interior.
The gunnery text includes 3 sections on the history of gunnery, the theory of gunnery, and the practice (includes tables of comparative velocity and ranges; lengths and weights of Iron ship guns). The gunpowder section includes information on making gunpowder of different kinds; the gunsmithing section describes the forging methods utilized in different weapons. Text printed in 2 columns, the extract very bright and fresh. Fine condition. Item #23396