Postscript to the Concise Account of the Origin and Progress of the Rocket System.
by CONGREVE, William.
15 pp. 4to, attractive antique diced half-russia & marbled boards, spine gilt. London: J. Whiting, 1808. 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. "As some objections have been urged to the use of the rocket on the score of impolicy, it appears necessary to add a few works on this subject; and I must say, that if it be fairly considered, the advantages will be found to be all on our own side of the question."-p. 3. Congreve proceeds to explain the ability of rockets to penetrate fortifications from a great distance. Fine copy and rare. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-4862)
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