Drop-title]: General View, &c. General View of a complete Course of Experiments proposed to be tried in pursuance of the Orders of the Master General and Board of Ordnance, for the Investigation and Organization of the Rocket System, together with a Summary of the Calculations and Arguments exhibiting the Expediency of its Application to different Branches of Military Service, and of adopting it as a permanent Auxiliary to the present System of Artillery, of which the Committee of Field Officers, who witnessed its applications at Copenhagen, have already pronouned it to be capable.
by CONGREVE, William.
24 pp. 4to, attractive antique diced half-russia & marbled boards, spine gilt. [?London: J. Whiting, 1810]. First edition. Congreve (1772-1828), is best known for creating the first rocket weapons system and initiating the modern processes of research and development in rocketry. His greatest interest was in "improving and perfecting the rocket as a military weapon. England subsequently adopted 'Congreve rockets,' which were used with great success against the French at Boulogne, Copenhagen, Leipzig, and elsewhere. They were copied by most European armies by 1830."-D.S.B., III, p. 388. Congreve has furnished here a survey of his experiments and also provides much information on costs of materials, etc. Fine copy and rare. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-4866)
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