(Harrisburg PA, 1972): Stackpole Books. Quarto. Item #027154
153 pages. Followed by A Technical Glossary of 18th and early 19th Century Spanish terms for military weapons and equipment, index. The major work in providing an accurate description of the weapons of colonial Spanish America. Very few accounts survived and often they were lacking in details using various Spanish terms. The authors here haved merged their knowledge of the period using its art history, archaeology and their military expertise. As Harold Peterson noted: "Their expertise in collecting guns and swords make this a monumental work." It deals with details of the firearms (muskets, carbines, pistols) the necessary accoutrements such as powder horns, flasks, and cartridge boxes; swords, pole arms, knives and bayonets as well as cannon. The research is thorough accompanied with detailed photogaphs, detailed descriptions of weapons and narratives where the weapons were used. There are 284 photographs and plates which are essential both to the historian as well as the collector. Bound in red cloth pictorially stamped with a collection o swords or spears, spine lettering black. Near fine in a rubbed gold dust jacket lettered in red.