Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1884849148. 316 pages, well illustrated, cloth, DJ, 8.5 by 11 inches, very good. Edited by Charles R. Suydam and Gerald Denning. "This book represents the culmination of more than five years of intensive research, and is the fulfillment of a personal dream. The firearms of Christopher M. Spencer were among the most advanced of the 19th century, and rightfully deserve their place in the history of repeating arms. His lever action rifles and carbines, especially, were the most sought-after weapons of the civil War, offering unheard-of firepower in a Muzzleloading era." From the DJ: "This is more than a gun book about one of the most famous rifles of the Civil War. It is also the biography of C. M. Spencer, one of the most important mechanical inventors of 19th century America. The book describes, in words and pictures, the colorful history of the development and use of the first effective repeating breech loading military rifle. Also covered are Spencer's other firearms including the Roper rifles and shotguns and the pump action Spencer sporting shotgun." BWC5; 316 pages.
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