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1850 AND 1862 ORDNANCE MANUALS VERY GOOD EXAMPLES OF ORIGINAL PRINTINGS VERY GOOD COVERS WITH GOLD LEAF IMPRINTS:  These are original printings of the U.S. Army 1850 and 1862 ORDNANCE MANUALS.  These were a key reference for any officer serving at the time, as they fully detailed all of the materials, fittings, and dimensions and weights of all the equipment then in use which was manufactured, supplied or provided by the U.S. Army Ordnance Department including, but not limited to, artillery pieces, small arms, edged weapons, leather accoutrements, and horse equipment.  These constitute one of the most important primary sources of their time.   

The descriptions provided are very specific and the data for all of the various pieces of equipment is presented in detail with numerous tables, charts and diagrams.  Considering the innovations and developments in arms and equipment which were occurring during the period covered by these two manuals, these two manuals represent a significant era in the history of the Ordnance Department.    

I have the two editions shown below, each listed with its own description and photographs. 

 

1850 ORDNANCE MANUAL:  This manual is in very good condition, with the covers showing very minor wear, the binding and spine still very strong with no loosening, and there is no loss of content or integrity.  Printed in Washington, by Gideon & Co. in 1850, this manual retains its original cloth bound covers with the title imprinted on the spine in gold leaf, and the Ordnance Department seal imprinted on the cover in gold leaf.  There is a presentation written in script inside the front cover dated 1858 which could be researched.  All of the pages are intact, in very good condition and legible.  The book measures 8 by 5 and consists of 475 pages and 19 illustrated plates.  (0514)  $200 

 

1862 ORDNANCE MANUAL:  This manual is in very good condition, with the covers showing very minor wear, the binding and spine still very strong with no loosening, and there is no loss of content or integrity.  Printed in Philadelphia, by J.B. Lippinscott & Co. in 1862, this manual retains its original cloth bound covers with the title imprinted on the spine in gold leaf, and the Ordnance Department seal imprinted on the cover in gold leaf.  The name of the officer who owned this manual is written in script on the title page and his signature is dated 1864 in the midst of the Civil War.  All of the pages are intact, in very good condition and legible.  The book measures 7 by 5 and consists of 559 pages and 33 illustrated plates.  (0515)  $250 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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