Foster, William.


William Foster & Co. Ltd., Lincoln, 1st ed., (n.d., c. 1919 / 1920). 90 pp., cold., frontis., guarded, + numerous photo-ills., + some ills., 2 of which are cold. Original blue quarter morocco with decorative gilt edging to the spine ; original blue boards with illustration of a tank to front & rear covers ; 22 x 28cm. Upper corner (3.5 x 3.5cm) of rear board is worn away with blue paper cover peeled away exposing the board underneath to a maximum of 11.5cm down and 7.5cm across ; some typical rubbing to edges & some marking to covers ; some internal staining & blemishes, mostly affecting upper margins of the pages ; binding cracked at the last page but rear hinge and joint are intact and not affected ; o/w POOR/GOOD. William Foster & Co. Ltd., produced the very first tanks. It was from the designs and drawings by Sir William Tritton, the MD of the Company, that all pioneer tanks were made. Accompanied by an informative narrative, this book contains a wealth of photographs of early tanks, often in military action, and also of the work floors at Wellington Foundry where they were produced, together with some employees. The King and Queen visited in 1918 and photographs of that occasion are included here. There is a page of testimonials to Foster's Tanks by Sir Douglas Haig and by Generals of the opposing army in the Great War. Finally, there is a section on the company's 'Standard Products' which include steam engines, road locomotives, tractors and agricultural machinery. In this section are two attractively coloured plates which compliment a very striking, full-coloured frontispiece of 'A Tank in Action'. This is a VERY SCARCE and Early book on Tanks.

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