A very rare original RAF Lewis Machine Gun handbook, published in April 1919. The book originally belonged to the writer of the draft of the handbook. It has the following intriguing inscription written at the top of the front cover: 'To my loyal secretary (1917-1919), with the compliments of the unfortunate man who had the job of writing the draft of the work'. This is followed by initials that look like 'C. E. G.'
Produced just after the end of the First World War, Handbook on the Lewis Gun is a practical guide to the handling and maintenance of the aircraft variants of the Lewis Gun as used by the R.F.C., R.N.A.S., and R.A.F. during WW1 and in the inter-war period. Full of fascinating information and very well illustrated with photographic plates, this book will tell you all you need to know about the workings, mechanism, use and maintenance of the .303 Lewis Gun.
In good condition. The cover has general signs of wear and use, an oil mark at the top corner of the front and rear cover, wear to the spine, and two ring binder holes carefully punched near the spine. The binding is good and secure. The text, plates and illustrations are in very good condition with a few minor marks and an oil mark to the top edge of the title page and last page. inscribed in ink on the front cover by the (unknown) author.
Published: 1919 Pink card covers, with black titling Illustrated with B/W photographic plates Dimensions: 140mm x 215mm Pages: 58