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Smith, Thomas
The art of gunnery, wherein is set forth a number of serviceable secrets, and practicall conclusions, belonging to the art of gunnery, by arithmetick skill to be accomplished: both pretty, pleasant, and profitable for all such as are professors of the same faculty [and] Certaine Aditions to the Book of Gunnery. With a Supply of Fire-Workes.
London. 1643 edition. Octavo, early or original full brown calf, double blind-ruled along borders of boards, pp. (8), 71 (3), 75-120, illustrated throughout with in-text woodcuts; has 2 1/2 of the three folding tables or plates called for: folding woodcut plate at p. 33 is present and complete, if a little tired and mildly stained; folding table at p. 57 is only half there, and woodcut plate at p. 110 is complete but has a couple short tears and one longish tear that should be professionally mended. A good copy; moderate rubbing to binding, no pastedowns, so leather turn-ins and original boards are exposed, early signatures from 1742 and 1743 of 'Thomas Reynolds his book' to preliminary blank pages and facing the second title page. Page 102 has 3 inch clean and reparable tear, some spotting and light dampstains to a few other pages but the text is largely very good and clean. Interesting for the second half of the book to be mainly devoted to FIREWORKS with excellent woodcut illustrations. Good.
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