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ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL HISTORIES – TWO VOLUME SET PUBLISHED BY RIA:  These two volumes were printed independently of each other by the Rock Island Arsenal, but are being offered here as a set. 

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL AND ARSENAL ISLAND – PARTS ONE AND TWO, as the title suggests was originally printed as a two volume set in 1989.  This 1990 printing combined the two parts in a single binding.  A full sized paperback, this 116 page book provides a detailed history of the island, the founding and construction of the arsenal and the arsenal’s mission.  Well illustrated with original 19TH Century maps, construction plans and a wealth of period photographs, this volume provides an excellent historical record of this famous US Army Ordnance Department arsenal.  

The second volume, THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR: ITS IMPACT ON THE ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL was published on the 100TH anniversary of the war.  This 24 page full sized paperback provides some interesting information specific to the arsenal’s response to the demands for equipment during the short period of hostilities, and features an impressive selection of photographs taken of the exterior scenes around the arsenal, and more importantly, of the interior of many of the workshops and employees at work. 

Both volumes are ex libris and are both in very good condition with strong bindings, minimal shelf wear and no missing or loose pages. 

Published in limited quantities, these two volumes provide an insight into the both the mission and the history of this famous arsenal.  (0818)  $40


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