By:- Merrill Lindsay
Published by Walker & Co. 1967
Hard back book with no dust jacket in generally very good condition
379 pages pages lavishly illustrated with b&w and full colour photographs
Tracing the entire history of guns from the invention of gunpowder to the development of the most modern handweapons. 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 valuable guides to gunmakers and their marks and to state and city proof and control marks, providing a unique and highly decorative reference source to the science of weaponry and the art of gun decoration.