A Compendium of Military Discipline,

BLACKWELL John (1726.)

£3250.00  [First Edition]

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As it is practised by the Honourable the Artillery Company of the City of London for the Initiating and Instructing the Officers of the Trained-Bands of the said City ...

First edition. Three folding plates (two by William Hogarth). 8vo. Recent full red morocco by Zaehnsdorf, spine and upper board lettered in gilt, a.e.g., bookplate to front pastedown, some minor spotting but very good. [16], xliv, 72pp. London, Printed for the Author; and are to be Sold at his House,

John Blackwell was adjutant and clerk in the Artillery Company of the City of London. He was appointed second adjutant in 1724 and made a trustee of the Company in 1728.


The work commences with a historical overview of the Honourable Artillery Company of the City of London, and reprints the 1537 Royal Charter establishing it. It states that Company's purpose was “for military exercise and training and for the better defence of the realm" and gives directions for completing a battalion or company, plus exercise of the firelock and bayonet, et al. The work documents how the capital was to be defended in the early eighteenth century. It is considerably enhanced by the two folding plates by William Hogarth.


ESTC N4675 lists copies at Guildhall, the Honourable Artillery Company, Auckland, Folger, NYPL, Society of the Cincinnati, Michigan, and the David M. Stewart Museum.


Index to British Military Prints 1500-1914, no.113.

Stock Code: 249825

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