Historical Period: 19th Century
Sub Type: Military
Antique, hardbound, private publication.
Military Tactics by Capt F. Gledowe Stone RA 1889. A Collection of Essays privately published by a Royal Artillery Officer in the late nineteenth century.
First Essay (for private circulation only) Royal United Service Institution
Discipline: Its importance to an armed force and the best means of promoting and maintaining it. by Captain F. G. Stone RA. 55 page essay. The title page is considerably foxed as are the page edges. All internal content of the other pages are clean. The views on discipline in the period may not interest many people but they only occupy the first 48 pages. After that is a set of appendices listing tables of rates of pay under various Royal Warrants subdivided into six periods from 1861 to 1888. These also include pension remuneration.
Second Essay which was also “The Duncan” Gold Medal Prize essay
Role and organization of Siege Train and Position Guns as affected by recent improvements in ordinance by Captain F. G. Stone RA. 18 page essay with two fold out charts, which have suffered some handling damage. One of the charts is a table of comparative accuracy, striking velocity and angles of descent for an 8” Howitzer.
The Maxim Machine Gun reprinted by permission of the Aldershot Military Society from a lecture by Captain F. G. Stone RA Instructor in Fortification, Royal Military College. 10 page essay including a report of trials at Aldershot between the Maxim gun and the new service rifle by Major J. R. Mecham District Inspector of Musketry. Virtually unmarked with some pencilled margin notes.
This collection of essays was professionally hard bound by Isacke, Edgeware Road, London UK and distributed by the author to his friends and colleagues.
These privately published monographs are extremely rare. They were frequently published in quantities of less than a hundred copies (as a form of vanity publishing). This selection of military essays is a fascinating insight into the mindset of the British Army in the late nineteenth century.
Hardbound without a dust cover. The binding has suffered some damage as it has been bent over about an inch from the top, the crease is clearly visible in the photograph. However, this has not seriously affected the internal pages. The book measures 15cm x 23.3cm.