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Handbook on Ammunition (1909)

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(Corrected to September 1909)

By Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty

H.M.S.O., 1909

printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1909

A very rare original edition of this Admiralty ammunition handbook, published in 1909. Handbook on Ammunition is a superbly illustrated handbook of the explosives, shells and small arms ammunition in use with the Royal Navy in the decade before the First World War. Subjects covered include: Gunpowder, Cordite, Lyddite, Cartridges for B.L. guns, Cartridges for Heavy Q.F. guns, Common Shells, High Explosive Shells, Shrapnel Shells, Storage, Projectiles, Fuzes, Fireworks, and small arms ammunition. The book is very well illustrated with coloured scale drawings of many shells, cartridges and fuzes, along with other diagrams and line drawings of ammunition, tools and other equipment. The description of the various types of ammunition is comprehensive and detailed, and includes details of markings, manufacture, storage and use. For anyone interested in the Naval Guns and ammunition of the Royal Navy's Dreadnoughts and other warships just before the First World War, this is an invaluable reference work.


In very good condition. The boards are in good condition, with some marks, fading, and  a little wear at the edges and spine. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text, coloured plates, and illustrations are in very good condition. There are some interesting pencil annotations made by the original naval owner, all of which could easily be removed if required.

Published: 1909
Blue boards with gilt titling
Illustrated with 30 colour plates, plus line drawings
Dimensions: 155mm x 240mm
Pages: 142