"The best plates yet to have appeared in any English drill book."

    William Windham and George Lord Viscount Townshend. A Plan of Discipline for the Use of the Norfolk Militia.... London: J. Millan, 1768.

    Second edition. Quarto. xxxii, 197, [2, errata] pages. With fifty-two plates, three of them folding, five folding tables.

    Contemporary calf, raised bands, titles stamped in gilt on a morocco spine label. Trivial wear to boards. Textblock has been trimmed. A superb copy in fine condition.

    "The reform of the English militia and the new vigour introduced into its affairs after the passage of the Militia Acts of 1757-8 was reflected in the drill books devoted to that service...Without doubt the most useful and popular such work in the army was William Windham's Norfolk Militia, which dealt at length with all five elements of the contained over fifty plates illustrating the manual and maneuvers; and these were the best plates yet to have appeared in any English drill book" (Houlding: Fit for Service, p. 207).

    More Information: In Three Parts. Part 1. Containing the Manual Exercise, with Explanations. The Officers Exercise, and Manner of Saluting, and the Halbert Exercise. Part II. Method of Teaching and Exercise. Rules and Directions for Marching and Wheeling. The Prussian Oblique Steps. Marching, Counter-Marching and Wheeling by Platoons. Exercise by Single Companies. Part III. Reviewing, Forming the Battalion, Firings, Evolutions, Mounting and Relieving a Guard, Standing Orders, &c.

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