Detail of a Plan for attaching to Cavalry Regiments a Proportion of Rocket Artillery, with Case Shot, containing the same Number of Balls as the Six-Pounder Spherical Case, and ranging 2500 Yards.
by CONGREVE, William.
Two folding engraved plates. 10 pp. 4to, attractive antique diced half-russia & marbled boards, spine gilt. London: J. Whiting, 1809. 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. Here, Congreve makes clear that rockets were highly mobile and could be easily transported and employed by cavalry. Fine copy and rare. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-4863)
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