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[Great Britian, Army. Ordnance Office]. Anthony Forman, Calligrapher
[MILITARIA - CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT]. Rules, Orders & Instructions for the future Government of the Office of Ordnance
[London]: Ordnance Office, 1750. Large folio (450 x 300mm). 130 pp. Calligraphic manuscript on paper, decorative ink and wash architectonic title-page, half-title, contents pages. Each page with the swirling calligraphic initials of the relevant monarch: Charles II, James II, William and Mary, Anne, George I, and George II. With a second ink and wash title-page to the Amendments after the reign of Charles II. Contemporary black morocco with gilt border and three gilt panels, spine gilt in seven compartments, remains of green silk ties (one tie present), decorative coloured Dutch gilt endpapers, binding with some minor repairs. Preserved in a black cloth protective case. Fine calligraphic manuscript of the royal warrant "for Establishing Rules, Orders and Instructions for the future Government of the Office" [of Ordnance 1683] and accompanying instructions for officers in the Ordnance, with later supplementary orders, warrants and instructions, concluding with a warrant by King George II to Sir John Ligonier (dated 1751). Also with accompanying "Instructions for the proper Duties of Our Lieutenant General of Our Ordnance." Ordnance is the branch of government that procures, stores, and issues weapons, munitions, and maintains arsenals. The English Board of Ordnance was in charge of all "ordnance, emption, and munition," including firearms, armor, and fortifications. This is a LAVISH CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT COPY OF THE RULES GOVERNING THE ORDNANCE OFFICE. The first part of the manuscript (p. 1-64) is the warrant which established the modern Board of Ordnance in 1683, descri … [Click Below for Full Description]
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