[COLT, SAMUEL - PRESENTATION BINDING] Samuel Colt vs. Mass. Arms Company. Report of the Trial... Boston: White & Potter, 185...
Boston: White & Potter, 1851. Presentation binding (with laid-in note, see below) of three-quarters black morocco gilt over marbled boards, the upper cover with gilt lettered morocco presentation panel reading "Maj. Genl. W. Scott/with the respects of/Samuel Colt." The spine gilt lettered and with raised bands, all edges speckled red. 9 x 5 1/2 inches (22.5 x 13.5 cm); 327 pp. The text bright and clean with only minor spotting, the upper joint split and holding by cords, the lower joint tender, light rubbing and shelfwear, bookplate (see note), discreet numbering label to pastedown.
A fine association between the 19th century's most influential gunmaker and Winfield Scott, the long serving Commanding General of the United States Army. The case presented here is Colt's historic patent infringement lawsuit against the Massachusetts Arms Company, which from 1850 had produced about 800 revolvers using a technology that reduced explosions in the cylinder from other rounds when a shot was fired, often proving fatal to the shooter. The Mass. Arms Company's model was popular and thus threatening to Colt, who defended his patent on all revolver production. Colt emerged victorious and squashed the Mass. Arms Company, but the firm would soon be producing weapons under a new name, Colt's great competitor: Smith & Wesson. The present volume contains a laid-in note and list in the hand of Colt's attorney, Charles L. Woodbury (son of the Supreme Court Justice Levi Woodbury who heard the opening portions of the case before his death that September). Woodbury provides a list of mostly governmental, judicial and military figures who are to receive presentation copies bound as such, including President Fillmore, Stephen Douglass, General Butler and others including Winfield Scott. This volume bears the bookplate of Charles Leonard Frost Robinson (1874-1916), president of Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford from 1911 to 1916. Presentation copies from Colt are scarce: we trace no copy of this work in a presentation binding in the auction record.
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