London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
MILITARY MANUSCRIPTS. 'An Abridgment of Rules Orders and Instructions made for the Goverment [sic] of the Office of Ordnance. An[n]o 1683', a neat early 18th-century copy, including the confirmation by Queen Anne, 30 June 1702, margins and columns ruled in red, page references evidently to the full 'Rules Orders and Instructions', 34 leaves, 8vo, blanks, contemporary black gilt-panelled morocco with white metal clasps, gilt edges (joints and corners rubbed). Provenance: William C. Lempriere (bookplate).
The manuscript gives a brief note of the duties of such officers as the Surveyor General, the Clerk of the Ordnance, the Master Gunner of England and others, as well as 'The Generall Instructions for the com[m]on Duty's of the Principall Officers'.
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