Lot 158 of 627:
Lissak, Ordnance and Gunnery, 1910 - unique copy  

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Ordnance and Gunnery: A Text-Book Prepared for the Cadets of the United States Military Academy, West- Point - uniquely edited copy, with supplemental plates laid in

Lissak, Ormond M.


John Wiley and Sons



[i-iv], v-xiv, [2], 1-604 pp. Illustrated with text drawings and charts and from half-tone photographs. (4to) crudely bound  with boards neatly covered in brown paper and reinforced with brown packing tape, brown paper spine with title portion of original red cloth with gilt lettering laid on, added brown paper front endpaper. ​Supplemental pamphlet of 17 additional plates laid in. First Edition, second thousand.

A unique and intriguing copy of Colonel Ormand Lissak's highly praised textbook on artillery science. Within the pages are a multitude of proofreader's notes, handwritten emendations to the text, and the printer's errata slips neatly mounted on each of the corrected pages. Treatment of the text suggests an intimate acquaintance with the book, with text, captions, footnotes and mathematical equations all painstakingly edited. The front flyleaf bears the signature: "A.A. King Jr., U.S. Military Academy, Sept. 1912." His name also appears on the cover of the supplemental collection of plates which is laid in. 1912 was King's last year as a cadet at West Point, and he returned to the school in 1916 to teach in the English and History Department. Colonel Lissak himself could also be considered as the possible author of the editorial rearrangements. There is also the possibility that this copy was prepared by the publisher or a co-editor. Whatever the case, this revised version of the book was apparently never published.

Lot Amendments

Light wear to binding; front hinge cracked, rear hinge reinforced with brown tape, multiple revisions in pencil and pen as noted above; wear and some dampstaining to supplement of plates; good.

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