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The Gunnery Pocket Book.

B.R. 224.

Published: London: The Admiralty, 1932

Stock code: 68902

Price: £375

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First edition. “The primary object of this book is to give all the information and gunnery knowledge that is required of a Seaman Gunner … in addition, certain portions, the knowledge of which is not officially required of a Seaman Gunner, are included to form a suitable basis on which the higher gunnery ratings can build up their more detailed education” (Introduction). A print-run of 15,000 copies for this issue, but these pocket books are all uncommon, as superseded editions were supposed to be disposed of. COPAC shows just one copy of the 1938 reprint for this issue at the IWM, and two copies of the 1945 issue (IWM and NMM); OCLC adds copies of the 1945 at Plymouth Library, the Haagse Defensiebibliotheek, the Danish National Library, and the Canadian War Museum; but the only copy of the original 1932 issue we can trace is at the Australian War Memorial.

Small octavo. Original blue cloth-backed printed boards. 11 coloured plates, 5 of them folding and 14 line-drawn plates, 5 of them folding. Spine a little sunned, light scatter of foxing to the endpapers, else a very sharp copy.

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