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Memoir of a Proposed New System of Permanent Fortification.

Published: London: James Cochrane and Co., 1834

Stock code: 102068

Price: £450

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First edition, uncommon, just six locations on Copac, OCLC adds another half dozen. Bordwine, described on the title page as “Professor of Fortification at the Honourable East India Company’s Military Seminary, Addiscombe; late of the Quarter-Master-General’s Staff, etc.”, had served with the 88th Regiment “under General Whitlock [sic], but was deprived of his commission (a majority) in consequence of his having issued a pamphlet in which he criticized that general’s conduct” (ODNB), which means that he almost certainly was on the ill-fated Buenos Aires Expedition of 1806. In 1809 he was made assistant professor of fortification at Addiscombe, becoming professor in 1811: “In 1803 Bordwine [had been] appointed an assistant in the quartermaster-general’s department, and attached to the staff of the Western District. A French invasion was expected, and Bordwine drew up a sketch of a new circular system of fortification for the defence of the country. He continued the work at intervals, and at last in 1809 published the Sketch and Brief Description of a New System of Fortification, which apparently attracted very little attention at the time. He was, however, prompted by friends to take the subject up again in 1830, resulting in the large Memoir of a Proposed New System of Permanent Fortification (1834). He retired from Addiscombe on account of ill health on 4 February 1835, and died at Croydon on 21 February 1835”.

Quarto (269 217 mm) Contemporary half russia, marbled boards and endpapers. 6 folding plates lithographed by Hullmandel, half-title bound in. Somewhat rubbed, corners through, neatly rebacked in matching sheep, EX-King’s Inns Dublin Library, their stamps verso of the title page and last plate, light browning throughout, the plates, which are on very heavy paper-stock, are foxed and spotted, two with archival tissue repairs, remains about very good.

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