I am very excited to announce today the launch of Headstamp Publishing’s fifth book, Clockwork Basilisk: The Early Revolvers of Elisha Collier and Artemas Wheeler. Written by Professor Ben Nicholson and a team of researchers, this is a groundbreaking study of the forefather of all modern revolvers. Collier and Wheeler created a true flintlock single-action revolver decades before Sam Colt’s work, but have not receiver the recognition they deserve for their innovation.
This book is publishing in two volumes, intended to be referenced together while reading. The first volume contains the core material of the story – development of the original Collier and Wheeler patents, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd model Collier revolvers, military trials, decoration and engraving, fakes and reproductions, interaction with Colt, and the other revolving firearms designs that came before and after Collier. The second volume is a catalog of all known Colliers, with photos and details of each, plus a series of useful appendices.
The book is available for preorder on Kickstarter in several different variations along with a selection of cool extra materials – check it out today!