Hutchinson’s, 1st ed., 1945. Xv + 146 pp., frontis., + photo-ills. Original blind patterned blue cloth ; gilt ; 22 x 14cm. Ex Home Office Lib., with stamps to f.f.e.p., (blank) + lettering to spine ; Crease to rear cover & other light wear o/w V.G. This short history of rifles and machine-guns runs from earliest times through to the end of World War II, but is of particular note for its coverage of the early use of machine guns in the Russo-Japanese War and the First World War. Individual chapters of particular interest are devoted to Musketry and Machine-Guns 1914 – 1915 ; Machine-Gun Corps, Lewis Guns, and Tanks, 1916 – 1918 ; Final Lessons of the War of 1914 – 1918 ; General Principles of Automatic Machine Guns ; Classes of Automatic (Rifle-Calibre) Guns ; Machine-Guns in Air Warfare, 1914 to 1944 ; Lessons of History – Britain and the U.S.A. UNCOMMON.