No Place: Notes on Gunpowder, Percussion, Powder; Cannon and Projectiles. 1841. Half Leather. Fair / No Jacket. Item #009470
No place: 1841. Half leather with dark brown pebbled cloth. 75 pp. Black and white illustrations in text throughout. A technical discussion on gunpowder, measuring ballistics, cannons and their manufacture, the use of metals in various projectiles, etc. This includes a look at the composition of gunpowder and variations for different applications, aspects of different metals and other substances, an illustrated look at the manufacturing and testing of cannons, ways of measuring ballistics (with illustrations, etc.). Printed via lithograph from handwritten manuscript. Knowlton served as a professor at the United States Military Academy, helping to teach mathematics, as well as artillery. This particular copy bears pencil corrections, pencil brackets and the word 'omit' next to several passages, perhaps indicating this was a proof or editor's copy of some sort. FAIR/GOOD condition, slightly ex-library, bearing a 'torpedo station' stamp in the interior and in gilt on the spine, with call numbers at the foot of the spine. Heavy scuffing and some gouging to the leather along the hinges, spine and corners, with superficial loss. General fading, some staining and minor discoloration. Light soiling. Last name in large ink script on the title page, with a few other ink notes, spots, etc. to the first two pages. Leaf 45/46 with heavy ink spots, hatches, slightly obscuring the text in places. Heavy foxing to the paper, with a large dampstain affecting the lower corner. Several pages with tears and chipping along the edges, with mostly minor loss. Large rice paper repair to the leaf 71/72, with the fore edge margins of the last 2 pages bearing extensive loss of paper.
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