STRAITH, Hector, Captain.
Plans Illustrative of Capt. Straith’s Treatise on Fortification and Memoir on Artillery.
[Atlas volume only].
Third edition, first published 1833. Straith was Instructor in Practical Engineering and Artillery at HEIC’s Addiscombe. On first publication of his text along with this accompanying atlas of plates, the Naval and Military Gazette was torn; “We are, indeed, at a loss which to admire most, the strategies of Capt. Straith, or the beautiful and clear manner in which he has illustrated his views”, while the Literary Gazette enthused, “As we have confessed, we are not men-at-war’s men; but the whole of this treatise is so perspicuous and instructive, that we almost fancy we could ourselves direct another defence of Antwerp, or besiege and take it”. Excellent suite of plates illustrative of the early Victorian military art. Elaborated ownership inscription of W.P. Howell, Worcester to the front pastedown, and in simpler form, dated in 1842, to the title page. A Major of the same name is recorded as serving with the 2nd Militia Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in the 1870s.
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Quarto (331 250 mm). Contemporary half skiver by D. Condie of Worcester, ticket to the front pastedown, , marbled boards, spine partitioned with double gilt rules, single rules to the spine and corner edges, edges sprinkled red. Stub-mounted, double-page lithographic title page, and 17 other similar plates, two of them tables. A little, some stripping of the corners, front joint cracked, but holding, at the head, front hinge similarly cracked, light browning and a scatter of foxing, a very good copy.