New York: National Military Publishing Co., 1917. Hardcover. Twenty-fourmo size, 77 pp. Near Fine. Item #16062001
Seemingly scarce in the trade, with no copies currently online that we can find; per an OCLC search conducted as of this writing this volume is held by eighteen institutions. Noted as the "Latest Edition" on the title page, as well as "Illustrated", the original edition is bound in at the back. A WWI-era manual on hand-to-hand combat using the bayonet, complete with six diagrams as well as four vintage black and white photographs showing various combat stances.
___DESCRIPTION: Black cloth binding with yellow embossed printing on the front board, light green lettering on the spine, 1917 date on both the title and copyright pages, the volume appears to be two books bound into one (although pagination is continuous), about half-way through the book is a sectional title page for "Manual of Practical Bayonet Fighting With Service Rifle and Bayonet" with its own Foreword (p. 51 of this volume); it is in this section that the vintage photographs appear; twenty-fourmo size (just over 5" tall), pagination: (1)-77.
___CONDITION: Near fine overall, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; the boards are a bit dusty, there is a bit of wear to the top of the front joint and a small amount of rubbing to the tail of the spine, and there is a stamp on the front free endpaper and the title page that say "Advance Copy" - we can surmise that this was the 1917 equivalent of an advance reading copy, or a proof copy, but cannot say for certain; there are no other markings in the book that we can see.
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