ENGLANDS DEFENCE. A TREATISE CONCERNING INVASION: OR, A BRIEF DISCOURSE OF WHAT ORDERS WERE BEST FOR REPULSING OF FOREIGN FORCES, IF AT ANY TIME THEY SHOULD INVADE US BY SEA IN KENT, OR ELSEWHERE. EXHIBITED IN WRITING TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE ROBERT DUDLEY EARL OF LEICESTER, A LITTLE BEFORE THE SPANISH INVASION, IN THE YEAR 1588...TO WHICH IS NOW ADDED, AN ACCOUNT OF THE STORES OF WAR...COLLECTED BY THOMAS ADAMSON....

London: Printed for F. Haley, 1680. [4],16pp. Tables. Folio. Gathered signatures, stitched as issued. Untrimmed. Some dust soiling to outer leaves. Small tear to foredge of title (text not affected). Else crisp and very good. In a red cloth folder. Item #WRCAM21742

This interesting group of military essays and papers was compiled by Thomas Adamson, "Master-Gunner of his Majesty's Train of Artillery," with the hope of awakening his fellow countrymen to the possibility of a French military attack. The whole work is a curious manual of 17th century military preparedness, with lists of the requirements of a fort, the components needed to equip a train of artillery, and a list of ninety ships of war with respective manpower assigned by Parliament against France. The NUC locates thirteen copies of this title. WING D1471. ADAMS & WATER 704a. DNB V, pp.976-78.

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