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War Office Manual I Treatise on Ammunition (1897)

War Office Treatise on Ammunition (1897)

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Sixth Edition

Printed by Authority of the Secretary of State For War

H.M.S.O., 1897

printed by Harrison and Sons, London, 1897

A very rare original edition of this official War Office ammunition handbook, published in 1897. Treatise on Ammunition is a superbly illustrated handbook of the explosives, shells, fuzes, and small arms ammunition in use with the British Armed Forces at the end of the 19th century. The book has ink stamps, dated 1901, of Leith Fort School of Instruction, Edinburgh, on the endpapers. Subjects covered include: Gunpowder, Gun-Cotton, Cordite, Cartridges, Cartridges for machine guns, Projectiles for B.L. guns, ammunition for Q.F. guns, Fuzes, Rockets, and Small Arms ammunition. The book is very well illustrated with coloured scale drawings of shells, cartridges, bullets, and fuzes, along with other diagrams, charts, and line drawings of ammunition, explosive charges, detonators, and 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 ammunition of the British Army in the decades leading up to the First World War, this is an invaluable reference work.


In very good condition. The boards are in good condition, with general signs of wear, some marks, and some wear at the edges of the spine. There are ink stamps of the 'School of Instruction, Leith Fort', dated 20th December 1901, to the front endpaper and in a couple of places in the text. The binding and hinges are very good and secure. The text, coloured plates, and illustrations are in very good condition.

Published: 1897
Red boards with gilt titling
Illustrated with 21 coloured plates, and numerous line drawings
Dimensions: 170mm x 250mm
Pages: 628