John Murray, Albemarle Street, 4th edition, revised, 1855. Viii + 645 + 32 (advt.) pp., engrvd. frontis + 2 other plates (both fldg.). Re-bound in ' dark blue calf ; maroon calf title-piece to spine ; gilt ; raised bands ; 5 gilt fouled anchors as centre decorations ; blue buckram boards ; marbled endpapers. 23 x 15cm. Binding : FINE ; Contents : V.G.+. This important study was the first comprehensive English-language work on the subject of the armament of sailing men-o'-war and was published in 1820 during the final era of the cast-iron smooth-bore gun ' the chief weapon of fighting ships for almost 450 years. Divided into five parts, the first deals with the organization and training of naval gunners, while the second examines the theory and practice of naval gunnery, more particularly applied to the service of Naval Ordnance. The third part is on ordnance re-bored, and newly constructed, for the British and foreign navies, whilst Part IV is on the service of guns in action. Finally, Part V, contains observations on the tactics of single actions at sea. The whole work draws heavily of course on the experiences gained during the Napoleonic Wars and during the American War of 1812 as well as more recent conflicts, and this edition also contains the author's thoughts and proposals on Steam Warfare during the Crimean War. Appendices include a number of interesting tables and at the rear of the book there are 2 folding plates, one of which includes a 68-pounder iron cannon, the new 32-pounder iron cannon, the Cavalli gun and the Wahrendorff gun etc. General Sir Howard Douglas was an influential champion of the establishment of a British naval gunnery school. He was second son of the enthusiastic artillerist, Sir Charles Douglas. The first publication of this book in 1820 brought the idea to a wider public, and in 1830 HMS EXCELLENT was established at Portsmouth. The book went through five editions :1820, 1829, 1851, 1855 & 1860.