Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, with some minor tears. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Very little or no wear to the book. Bound in dark blue cloth. Lively and informative, tracing the entire history of guns from the invention of gunpowder to the development of the most modern hand weapons. The author traces the evolution of firearms from their mechanical antecedents - crossbows, ballistae, onagers - through successive phases - hand cannon, matchlocks, wheel locks, flintlocks and percussion - to the modern shotgun.
There is a comprehensive index, a splendid bibliography and an extensive valuable guide to early gun-makers and their marks, state and city proof and control marks.
Fully illustrated in color, this gigantic and very heavy book is an essential reference for early firearms collectors. Published by Walker & Co, New York, N.Y., USA, 1967.