A Concise Account of the Origin and Progress of the Rocket System. With a View of the apparent Advantages both as to the Effect produced, and comparative Saving of Expence, arising from the peculiar Facilities of Application which it possesses, as well for Naval as Military Purposes.
by CONGREVE, William.
3 p.l., 32,  pp. 4to, attractive antique diced half-russia & marbled boards, spine gilt. London: J. Whiting, 1810. Second edition, enlarged (1st ed.: 1807). 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 the present work, Congreve discusses the possibilities which rockets had for military operations. He does not describe the actual rocket -- this secret he guarded zealously. This edition contains for the first time a "Postscript" dated 10 April 1810 which prints various favorable accounts by military men who had witnessed the rockets used in Belgium. Fine copy and rare. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-4864)
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