1676 1ed Art of Gunnery Binning English Gunpowder Mathematics Cannons Guns War

BINNING, Thomas

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Thomas Binning’s “Light to the Art of Gunnery” is a fascinating and incredibly desirable 17th-century treatise on the history of gunpowder and firearms. First published in 1676, this book utilizes mathematics and geometry to teach aiming and shooting guns, while taking wind and other external variables into account. It includes thorough instructions on how to make different kinds of gunpowder as well.

 

However, the most attractive aspect of this work is clearly the full-page and folding engravings. These illustrations are often extracted from this work and displayed apart from the book. It is incredibly rare to find them featured, especially those of cannons! Other engravings display cannon balls, explosives, and visual optics of long-range bombardment.

 

A supremely rare first edition of treatise on gunpowder and guns!

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1676 1ed Art of Gunnery Binning English Gunpowder Mathematics Cannons Guns War

 

Thomas Binning’s “Light to the Art of Gunnery” is a fascinating and incredibly desirable 17th-century treatise on the history of gunpowder and firearms. First published in 1676, this book utilizes mathematics and geometry to teach aiming and shooting guns, while taking wind and other external variables into account. It includes thorough instructions on how to make different kinds of gunpowder as well.

 

However, the most attractive aspect of this work is clearly the full-page and folding engravings. These illustrations are often extracted from this work and displayed apart from the book. It is incredibly rare to find them featured, especially those of cannons! Other engravings display cannon balls, explosives, and visual optics of long-range bombardment.

 

A supremely rare first edition of treatise on gunpowder and guns!

 

Item number: #13581

Price: $2500

 

BINNING, Thomas

 

A light to the art of gunnery : wherein is laid down the true weight of powder, both for proof and action, of all sorts of great ordnance : also the true ball and allowance for wind, with the most necessary conclusions for the practice of gunnery, either in sea or land-service : likewise the ingredients and making of most necessary fire-works, as also many compositions for the gunner’s practice, both at sea and land

 

London : Printed by John Darby for the author, and are to be sold by Andrew Forrester …, 1676. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [20], 172
    • 9 engraved plates
    • Numerous in-text figures throughout
  • References: ESTC R 4473;
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~8in X 5.75in (20cm x 14.5cm)
  • Exceedingly rare and desirable

 

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13581

Categories

Arts & Architecture

Mathematics & Physics

Authors

BINNING, Thomas

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete