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Treatise on Ammunition (1905)

Treatise on Ammunition (1905)

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War Office, 1905

Eighth Edition

H.M.S.O., 1905

printed by Harrison and Sons, London, May 1906

The extremely rare 1905 eighth edition of the official War Office ammunition handbook. Treatise on Ammunition is a superbly illustrated handbook of the explosives, shells, fuzes, and small arms ammunition in use with the British Armed Forces just before the start of WW1. Subjects covered include: Cordite, Guncotton, Primers, Cartridges, High Explosive shells, Shrapnel Shells, Projectiles for B.L. guns, ammunition for Q.F. guns, Fuzes, Detonators, Rockets, Star shells, and Small Arms ammunition. The book is very well illustrated with 36 coloured plates of shells, cartridges, explosives, and fuzes, along with numerous other diagrams and line drawings of ammunition, explosive charges, and equipment. The description of the various types of ammunition is comprehensive and detailed, and includes details of markings, manufacture, storage and use. For anyone interested in the ammunition of the British Armed forces just before the First World War, this is an invaluable reference work and undoubtedly the best contemporary volume on pre-WW1 British ammunition.


In very good condition. The blind-stamped boards are in very good condition, with minor signs of wear and some marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text is in very good condition, with archival paper tape reinforcements to the text block in two places. The colour plates and illustrations are in very good condition. One plate that should be facing p.129 (XXXIV, Cartridge QFC Drill) is missing - there is no evidence of removal, and it may never have been present - possibly an error by the bookbinder.

Published: 1905
Red boards with gilt titling
Illustrated throughout with 36 coloured plates,
plus numerous line drawings
Dimensions: 160mm x 245mm
Pages: 237