Duelling Pistols: And some of the Affairs They Settled :: John A. Atkinson soon to be presented for sale on the lustrous BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Cassell, 1964, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Includes: Further reading list; Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Black & white plates;
From the cover: A man should not allow the idea of becoming a target to make him feel uneasy. Be cool, collected and firm. Think of nothing but placing the ball on the proper spot. If you are hit do not feel alarmed. The chances of being killed are 14 to 1, wounded 6 to 1. This advice is given in a book which was written by a duellist in the early nineteenth century. The reasons that sent men like him hurrying out with their cases of pistols ranged from a dog fight in Hyde Park to a row in Parliament over the cost of manning the Royal Navy. And many a duel was sparked off by a beautiful woman. Often the seconds tossed a coin to decide who should fire first. Sometimes they punished the man they judged to be wrong by ordering him to …
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper worn at the edges with short tears to the spine ends and corners.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 142 pages. Index. 10″ x 7¾”.
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