Very Good. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. Very Good+ condition with no defects to note. Bound in navy leather; all edges gilt; spines brass-die stamped in 22-karat gold; silk moire end pages; ribbon bookmark. Interior clean, tight and unmarked; book appears unread. Special edition printed for the Members of The Firearms Classics Library. Film was prepared from original 1947 edition. 239 pages; black line illustrations.
Near Fine. Near Fine hardcover bound in blue leather. Gilt embossed lettering and design to both spine and panels. Five raised bands to spine; gilt to all page-ends. Reading ribbon bound in. Faint fading to edges of endpapers. Otherwise, pages, text, and b&w images are clean and bright. Overall, an attractive copy. 239 pp.
Mannlicher probably should be rated as the greatest gun designer of all time; why ?. He is credited with the greatest number of gun patents ever assigned to a single name. Although a European; the major point of interest for American enthusiasts is the number of American designers who have clearly been inspired by this man's work. Primarily known for the 'straight pull bolt action rifle' , Mannlicher was way ahead of his time and dabbled in automatic weapon design in the days when the ammunition was not suitable. It was left to later designers such as Marshall Williams , Garand and Browning to make his designs work. Don't just take my word for it; read this book.
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