Mineola, NY: Dover Publishing, 2004. First Edition. SOFTCOVER. 224 pages,34 black-and-white illustrations.Indispensable reference for students and scholars.Important sourcebook for collectors and hobbyists.This thorough survey traces the history of firearms and introduces the pioneers who helped shape that history step by step. Coverage extends from the times of the ancient Assyrians and Greeks to the fringe of a complex modern science at the dawn of the twentieth century. Written by an expert in the field--the former Deputy Director of the Imperial War Museum in London--this essential guide covers a wide range of topics, among them the ancient use of firearms in wartime and the development and variations of cannon, mines, handguns, muskets, and rifles; as well as experiments with arms, ammunition, grenades, and rockets. A glossary provides definitions for weapons-related terms. Unabridged republication of the edition originally published by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., London, 1955. MINT, New Old Stock. Item #1220
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