A Light to the Art of Gunnery, or Sea-Gunner's Companion
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wherein is laid down the true weight of powder both for proof and action of all sorts of Great Ordnance.
also, the True Ball, and Allowance for Wind, with most necessary conclusions for the Practice of Gunnery, either in sea or land-service.
by Capt. Thomas Binning, Mariner
London, printed for William Mount and Thomas Page, 1744.
small 4to. pp[xi] 114. with extra engraved title and one folding plate [of two].
a good clean copy in a contemporary panelled calf binding, with one old repair and slight loss at the foot of the spine. lacking the rear free end-paper and with some contemporary manuscript calculations on the other end-papers. slight loss at the foot of the engraved title, not affecting the plate.
first published in 1676, this is the last of six editions. Thomas Binning was born in 1620, and his work on gunnery is drawn from his own experiences as a gunner both at sea and on land, including his position as Master Gunner in Edinburgh Castle when it was besieged by Cromwell in 1650.