“IT WAS FIRST USED AS IF IT WERE A NEW AND VERY INFERIOR KIND OF CANNON”: THE BOOK OF THE MACHINE GUN, 1917
LONGSTAFF, F.V., and ATTERRIDGE, A. Hilliard. The Book of the Machine Gun. London: Hugh Rees, 1917. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter morocco. $850.
First edition of this comprehensive history of the machine gun, with 15 folding diagrams and 73 full-page plates.
“Two British officers, Maj. F.V. Longstaff and Capt. A. Hilliard Atteridge, had compiled much useful data in their seminal study, The Book of the Machine Gun… useful for its very complete bibliography of literature on machine guns for the period 1860 to 1915” (Ellis, Social History of the Machine Gun, 185). Studies the evolution of the machine gun and its use in battle, with particular emphasis on British, German, and Austrian machine guns, and with sections on tactics and training. Issued in an American edition in the same year. With section of original cloth, showing a gilt wreath and the initials “MG” from the front board, tipped in to the front pastedown endpaper. Owner initials in gilt on lower corner of front board.
Fine condition. Scarce.