The Gun - Christopher RoadsLondon: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;
From the cover: “Until the splitting of the atom in this century, no single invention has had such -a profound effect on history and society as the gun. The ability to strike from afar changed not only the pattern of warfare and destroyed the old concept of chivalry, but altered every aspect of life, law and the boundaries of empires.
In this expanded version of his television series, Christopher Roads covers the development of the gun from the invention of gunpowder in about 1250 to the highly sophisticated weapons being manufactured today. He traces its evolution from the first primitive matchlock through wheel-lock to flintlock. The invention of the percussion cap by a Scottish clergyman, Alexander Forsyth, and the introduction of rifling, magazine breechloading and the machine gun are just some of the advances in technology. But Dr Roads also considers other more specialised weapons: the revolver, shotguns, duelling pistols, match rifles, and the gun as a collector’s item.”