[Drop-title]: Explanation of the Plan and Intention of the Project Mortar Boat.
by CONGREVE, William.
One folding engraved plate. -11 pp. 4to, attractive antique diced half-russia & marbled boards, spine gilt. London: J. Whiting, [postscript dated 12 November 1807]. 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. In this pamphlet, Congreve describes the possibility of placing mortars on sailing ships which could easily go forward or backwards. Fine copy and rare. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-4861)
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