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    "Manner of loading Bombs, Grenades & Howitzes."

    [John W. Judson, cadet]. [Capt. Miner Knowlton or Lt. Zebina James Duncan Kinsley]. Military Pyrotechny for the Use of the Cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point. West Point, New York: [Lithographic Press], 1832.

    Second edition (after the first edition of 1831). Quarto. Signed by Judson on the front free endpaper. 55 lithographed text pages of manuscript and 24 folding plates lithographed by J. C. Poortermans at West Point in 1831, apparently on a steam press at the Military Academy.

    Contemporary half leather over marbled paper boards. Binding heavily worn and hinges tender. Scattered minor foxing and a few plates with fore-edge marginal creasing. Very good condition.

    A fascinating work, written for West Point cadets as a manual on the various methods of making explosive weaponry and ammunition for the Army. Authorship of the book is variously attributed to Capt. Miner Knowlton or Lt. Zebina James Duncan Kinsley. This particular copy was printed for John W. Judson, West Point cadet and an 1836 graduate of the Academy. Judson would go on to work mainly as a civil engineer. A rare work.

    Sabin 48975 (1839 edition).

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