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BINNING (Capt. Thomas). A Light to the Art of Gunnery. Wherein is laid down the True Weight of Power both for Proof and Action, of all sorts of Great Ordnance. Also the true Ball, and allowance for Wind. With the most necessary Conclusions for the Practice of Gunnery, either in Sea or Land-Service. Likewise the Ingredients, and making of most necessary Fire-Works: As also many Compositions for the Gunner's Practice, both at Sea and Land.1689

Printed by J.D. [John Darby] for W. Fisher and R. Mount. 4to, [xii],[1]-172pp., without the portrait and additional engraved title but with the printed title, early ink signature of 'Reuben Burrow' to head of title-page, nine engraved plates (of which 4 are folding), one frayed to blank margin (not effecting image), some light browning and staining, marbled endpapers, later calf, five raised bands. First published in 1676 with further seventeenth-century editions in 1677 & 1689, all editions being rare. Captain Thomas Binning was born in 1620, and in his teenage years he served as a gunner on sea and land. He was present when the Spanish ships came to the Downs in 1639, and was a master gunner in Edinburgh Castle when it was besieged by Cromwell in 1650. Wing, B2934E; Philip, Firework Books, p.21; ESTC locates just 4 copies of this edition (MH; BMp; Lmm; NN).

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