Title: Military History -- Officer's Training ...
Book Condition: Very Good
A superbly executed manuscript relating to all aspects of artillery (ammunition, gennery, gunpowder, etc.). Contemporary half morocco, head of spine bumped, rubbed and worn, but sound. Some occasional scattered spotting but generally good clean condition. 4to. [13, index], [3, blank], 400 numbered pages (22 of which are blank). The manuscript is written in a neat legible hand, and is well above the usual standard for this kind of work, with tables, fine ink illustrations and watercolors. The scribe's name on the title page has been removed. The title page states that it is from Woolwich and was written by a Gent. Cadet, so it may be stated with confidence that this was an officer's book from the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. The Royal Military Academy was created by the British Army to meet those training needs for "instructing the people of its Military branch to form good Officers of Artillery." As is clear from this manuscript, "the Royal Military Academy provided the high level of scientific education required by the Artillery and Engineers, while at the same time ensuring that their officers had the same quality of military training as those serving in the Line." Those in training were referred to as "gentleman cadets" and "were only granted their commission after completing the course. On passing out from the Academy, the new officers were placed in order of merit. Promotion within the Corps was by seniority, not by purchase. This was a great incentive to study. A difference of one or two places in the final order of merit at the RMA could result in many years difference in later promotion, as the career pyramid narrowed in the higher ranks." That our author studied his subject closely is evidenced on every page of this manuscript, but further, our cadet has taken a deep pleasure in bringing his work to a degree of finish well above that which is usually seen in these manuscripts. Beautifully executed, with careful and detailed descriptions. Written in a neat copper plate hand, copiously illustrated throughout with diagrams and drawings in ink and watercolors. Bookseller Inventory # D4456
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