A collection of 9 eighteenth-century volumes, comprising:
i. Bélidor, B.F. de. Le bombardier françois. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1731, 4to, engraved frontispiece and 8 folding plates, contemporary calf, bought from Sotheran's, December 1936, plates somewhat soiled, binding rather worn
ii. Ordonnance du Roy, portant reglement pour la fonte & l'épreuve des pieces de canon, mortiers & pierriers destinez pour le service de l'artillerie de terre. 7 Octobre 1732. [?Paris, 1732], folio, 8 folding engraved plates, old wrappers (slightly worn)
iii. Le Blond, G. L'artillerie raisonnée. Paris: Jombert, 1761, 8vo, 30 folding engraved plates, contemporary calf (numbered 1 on spine), somewhat worn
iv. [Diderot, D. Encyclopédie. c.1760], folio, extract only, "Histoire naturelle mineralogie. Fabrique des poudres", 19 engraved plates, some double-page, modern wrappers
v. The same, extract only, "Fonderie des canons", 25 engraved plates, a few double-page, modern boards
vi. [Papacino d'Antoni, A.V.] Examen de la poudre (trans. Vicomte de Flavigny). Amsterdam [&c.], 1773, 8vo, 9 folding engraved plates, contemporary half calf, bought from Sotheran's, December 1936, minor wear to plates (no loss), some wear to binding
vii. Scheel, H.O. von. Mémoires d'artillerie. Copenhagen: Philibert, 1777, 4to, 28 engraved plates, all but 3 folding, folding tables, contemporary calf, lower cover and label somewhat rubbed
viii. Bigot de Morogues, S.F. Essay de l'application des forces centrales aux effets de la poudre à canon. Paris: Jombert, 1787, 8vo, one folding plate, contemporary calf, text slightly browned, loss of some leather on upper cover and some other wear
ix. Grobert, J.F.L. Mémoire sur le moyen de trainer en bataille les pièces de gros calibre. [Paris]: Imprimerie du Journal de Paris, an 3 , 4to, 2 folding engraved plates, bound with 2 other works by Grobert, contemporary calf gilt
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