England’s Aegis; or, the military Energies of the Empire ...

London, Richard Phillips, 1804.

12mo, pp. xxviii, [2], 191, [1], with a folding engraved map of Britain’s military districts as a frontispiece, and a folding diagram of the pike, spear and pistol at the rear (bound upside-down); plates slightly foxed, else a very good copy in contemporary sprinkled calf, rebacked; armorial bookplate.


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First edition, scarce, by the gentleman reformer and former naval officer John Cartwright. ‘Ever the patriot, when Britain was facing possible French invasion he took up a passionate advocacy of the utility of the pike and the creation of an Anglo-Saxon-type militia in his … England’s aegis, or, The Military Energies of the Constitution’ (ODNB).

The third edition of 1806, its title altered as above, was expanded to two volumes.

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