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HMSO, 1st ed., (1865). 210 pp., 22 double-facing plates. Re-backed with red cloth spine & original spine re-laid, retaining original red cloth covers ; gilt armorial & title to front ; gilt to spine ; 25 x 16cm. Original spine chipped with some typical light marking to original covers & rubbing to corners ; Royal United Service Institution bookplate stating "This book was presented to the Royal United Service Institution by The Secretary of State for War," with some usual stamps & markings ; some edges frayed o/w V.G. Only 750 copies were printed. In the early-mid 1860s a series of seven volumes on Army Equipment were planned by order of the Secretary of State for War. Prepared at the Topographical and Statistical Department, War Office, this is the fifth volume in that intended series of which only 750 copies were printed. Today, original copies remain particularly RARE with only one copy appearing on COPAC. This volume explains in its preface, "The letter press of all these parts is now completed, as are the illustrations to accompany Parts V and VII. The illustrations to accompany Parts I and IV are in rapid preparation but as some length of time must elapse before they are ready for publication, it is thought desirable to issue the descriptive portions of those portions without waiting for their completion." However, it is not certain whether these remaining five parts were ever issued ? Only Parts V and VII are listed on COPAC. There is a scarce reprint by D. P & G Publishing of Vol. V in 2006 and of Vol. VII in 2004 but we are not aware of any other reprints in the series. Both of these volumes are available in this catalogue (see Item No. 343 below) as First Editions ; this is the only time we have ever had them in stock. They came from the working library of the late Dr. David Westwood, a military and naval historian and author of several books. This fifth volume on "Infantry" includes detailed sections on Organization ; Equipment ; Detail of Equipment for the several Classes of Infantry ; Transport. Illustrated with 22 double-facing plates, this is a RARE and important First Edition copy.

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