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  1. Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.

    Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.

    Compiled from the most recent surveys made by order of the British, French, and Spanish Governements. Part I. The Mediterranean West of Cape Spartivento, Italy; [Part II. The Eatern portion of the Mediterranean Sea. The Adriatic or Gulf of Venice, the Albanian and Grecian coasts, the Grecian Archipelago, and the coasts of Syria and Egypt; Part III. The Euxine, or Black Sea, and the Seas of Marmora and Azov; including also the navigation of the Dardanelles and Bosphorus.
    Early editions of Norie's pilots covering the West Mediterranean through to the Black Sea. John William Norrie (1772-1843) was a chart maker and hydrographer who published a large number of sailing directions, the majority of which were written by himself. His shop on Leadenhall Street in London, with its trade sign of a carved wooden midshipman, was immortalised by Charles Dickens in Dombey and Son. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1859

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114572

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  2. A Mathematical Compendium;

    A Mathematical Compendium;

    or, Useful Practices in Arithmetick, Geometry, and Astronomy, Geography and Navigation, Embattelling, and Quartering of Armies, Fortification and Gunnery, Gauging and Dyalling. Explaining the Logarithms, with new Indices; Nepair's [sic] Rods or Bones; making of Movements, and the Application of Pendulums; with the Projection of the Sphere for an Universal Dyal, &c. The Second Edition, with many large Additions.
    Second edition. Moore had been involved with the management of the Royal Mathematical School at Christ's Hospital; his notes were edited by his Ordnance second clerk, Nicholas Stephenson, to form this popular pocket-book, first published 1674. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1705

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112517

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  3. i6

    Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,

    avec les figures des Terres remarquables pour les reconnoissances des Atterrages …
    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region. Ayrouard's work forms a working "waggoner" for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage notes on rocks and reefs, and includes a series of coastal profiles as a further aid to navigation. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1732

    Published: [Paris or Marseille?]

    Stock Code: 106965

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  4. Persian Gulf Pilot.

    Persian Gulf Pilot.

    Comprising the Persian Gulf and its Approaches from Ras al Hadd, in the South-west, to Cape Monze, in the East.
    First published 1870, this tenth edition following the ninth of 1942. All editions of these highly detailed navigational handbooks to the Gulf tend to be uncommon. Beyond the specifically maritime aspects, they provided background on local conditions, climate, items of trade and so forth; this edition in particular stands as a valuable record of areas that were soon to develop beyond recognition following the discovery of oil: "The coast between Dibai [sic] and Abu Dhabi … is, except for a small village, at which there are some date trees … quite barren, uninhabited, and … there is no tree larger than a mangrove bush. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100002

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  5. Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.

    Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.

    Comprising the Persian Gulf and it s Approaches from Ra’s al Hadd, in the South-west to Ras Muari in the East. [Together with;] Supplement No.5 -1974 to Persian Gulf Pilot (Eleventh Edition, 1967). Corrected to 7th December, 1974.
    First published 1870, this eleventh edition following the tenth of 1955. This copy with a supplement updating the volume to 1974, a new edition was not issued until 1982. All editions of these highly-detailed navigational handbooks to the Gulf tend to be uncommon. Beyond the specifically maritime aspects these handbooks did provide some basic background on local conditions, climate, items of trade, and so forth. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 99504

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  6. Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.

    Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.

    Comprising the Persian Gulf and it s Approaches from Ra’s al Hadd, in the South-west to Ras Muari in the East.
    First published 1870, this eleventh edition following the tenth of 1955. All editions of these highly-detailed navigational handbooks to the Gulf tend to be uncommon. Beyond the specifically maritime aspects these handbooks did provide some basic background on local conditions, climate, items of trade, and so forth. An interesting record of a time at which "extensive new building development" was beginning to "change the appearance of some of the towns, notably Abu Zabi and Dubayy". Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 99503

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  7. Recollections of Forty Years.

    Recollections of Forty Years.

    Translated by C. B. Pitman in two volumes.
    First edition in English, translated from Souvenirs de quarante ans (1887). Ferdinand de Lesseps is best remembered as the engineer who designed the Suez Canal. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1887

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 96442

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  8. The Case of Mr. John Harrison [drop-head and docket title].

    The Case of Mr. John Harrison [drop-head and docket title].

    A rare and significant survival, this is the third of three editions published, the first undated in 1767, and another in 1770 (though no extant copy of that printing is recorded). This third was published the year before Harrison was awarded most of the prize offered under the terms of the 1714 Longitude Act, and indeed may never have been issued; its rarity would suggest that it may have been withdrawn as Harrison's complaint was finally settled. Learn More
    £10,000

    Date of Publication: 1773

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 94021

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  9. A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV.

    A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV.

    Compiled from Papers and other Materials of the Right Honourable George Lord Anson, and published under his Direction, By Richard Walter, M.A. Chaplain of his Majesty’s Ship the Centurion, in that Expedition. Illustrated with Forty-Two Copper-Plates.
    First edition, first issue with p. 319 misnumbered p. 219. Large paper Royal Paper issue, subscriber's copy. Anson was sent to plunder Spanish trading territories on the Pacific coast of South America during the War of Jenkins' Ear, but his expedition threatened to turn into a fiasco. His small squadron was battered by storms and too few of his crew survived the journey round Cape Horn to man even the largest ship properly. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1748

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 93142

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  10. "L'Architecture navale,"

    "L'Architecture navale,"

    contenant la manière de construire les navires, galères & chaloupes, & la définition de plusieurs autres espèces de vaisseaux. Avec les tables des longitudes, latitudes & marées, cours & distances des principaux ports des quatre parties du monde; une description des dangers, écueils, & l’explication des termes de la marine ; [issued with;] Le routier des indes orientales et occidentales …
    First edition. "Consideré comme le premier traité d'architecture navale" (Polak). Although perhaps not the first, Dassié's work is almost certainly the first such work written by a professional in the field, and framed in such a way as to be of practical assistance to fellow shipbuilders. Dassié is a somewhat obscure figure. He was apparently born in Normandy, and lived and worked at various times in both Le Havre and Rouen. Learn More
    £8,000

    Date of Publication: 1687

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 90928

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  11. Le Pilote Expert.

    Le Pilote Expert.

    Divisé en Deux Parties. La Premiere contient l’Explication des Termes de l’Art de Naviger & le moyen de trouver la moyenne Parallele de differentes façons, & ce que c’set moyenne Parallele. Le moyen de reduire les lieuës de Longitude en degrez parl’Echelle Angloise. Les Tables pour trouver la difference en Latitude & Longitude … La Seconde contient les Deffinitions de la Sphere. Les Ephermerides du mouvement du Soleil. Les Tables Sexagenaires … Le tout avec de bonnes & justes Démonstrations.
    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC locates copies at BnF, BL, Newberry, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek, Paris Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, and the University of Rostock only. No copies recorded at auction. A comprehensive manual of marine navigation including a glossary of navigational terms, methods of establishing longitude, the lodestone, tables of difference, declination and ascension, and a concise course on celestial navigation. Learn More
    £9,750

    Date of Publication: 1683

    Published: Havre de Grace

    Stock Code: 90835

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  12. The Doctrine of The Sphere,

    The Doctrine of The Sphere,

    Grounded on the Motion of the Earth, and the Antient Pythagorean or Copernican System of the World. In Two Parts.
    First edition of Flamsteed's first work, published as part of Jonas Moore's posthumously published New Systeme of the Mathematicks (1681). The work includes an improved version of Jeremiah Horrocks's calculations of the motions of the moon, which Flamsteed had helped Horrocks prepare for publication in 1673. This copy bears several interlinear and marginal corrections which may be the author's own. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1680

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 79855

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  13. Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.

    Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.

    Con alcune Carte Geographiche Topographiche ed Orographiche per la Guerra d'Oriente.
    First and only edition, attractive and uncommon, just seven copies on OCLC, four of them in Italy and one apiece in the USA (Harvard), Germany (Bayerische Staatsbiblioothek), and Switzerland (Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese); no copy in the UK. A timely and thorough description of the Baltic and the cities of its coast, published during the Crimean War: "The eyes and the hearts of all nations are today looking east to the terrible struggle between Russia and Turkey and her allies France and England" (Preface). Learn More
    £4,000

    Date of Publication: 1854

    Published: Trieste

    Stock Code: 79397

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  14. The Brasilian Navigator; or Sailing Directory for all the Coasts of Brasil, etc.

    The Brasilian Navigator; or Sailing Directory for all the Coasts of Brasil, etc.

    From the River Para to the Rio de la Plata, including General Instructions for the Routes both from England and from North America … Third Edition, Improved from the Observations of MM Tardy de Montravel, de Kerhallet, Chiron du Brossay, and du Perrier, of the French Marine, and other Officers, by Alex. G. Findlay.
    First published in 1838. Uncommon: just 12 copies of various editions between 1838 and 1862 listed on OCLC, only two of the present one. These coastal pilots were for shipboard use, and are far from sturdily produced with a commensurately low survival rate. This is an unusual and desirable example. Purdy apprenticed to David Steel in 1795, drawing his first charts around 1806, published by Steel's widow and successor, Penelope Mason. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1851

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 70217

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  15. Atlantic Coast Pilot - Eastport to Boston.

    Atlantic Coast Pilot - Eastport to Boston.

    A revised and corrected edition, following the first of 1871. Founded by an act of 1807 "to provide for surveying the coasts of the United States," the Office of Coast Survey is the oldest scientific organization in the US, described in the Dictionary of American History as "one of the major birthplaces of modern American science, including many disciplines not generally associated with geodesy and hydrology. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1879

    Published:

    Stock Code: 68601

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  16. Collection of six scarce works on navigation, hydrography, meteorology, and astronomy published at Nantes.
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    Collection of six scarce works on navigation, hydrography, meteorology, and astronomy published at Nantes.

    First editions of a group of rather eccentric theoretical papers on a range of matters maritime by an "ancien marin Nantaise", based in his experiences as a ship's captain in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. In his introduction to the first "opuscule" Fruneau insists that he is not seeking patronage (Certes! l'intérêt ni autres motifs n'ont aucune part à cet ouvrage), but merely to please the public eye (curiosité publique) by passing along, in the harsh and hard (âpre et dur) language of the sea, some little-known, or even unknown "circonstances" and his theories about them, based entirely on my own observations (les systèmes qui en dépendant sont les fruits de mes seules observations). Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1829

    Published: Nantes

    Stock Code: 67938

    Signed: Yes

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  17. A Mathematical Compendium;

    A Mathematical Compendium;

    or, Useful Practices in Arithmetick, Geometry, and Astronomy, Geography and Navigation, Embattelling, and Quartering of Armies, Fortification and Gunnery, Gauging and Dyalling. Explaining the Logarithms, with new Indices; Nepair's [sic] Rods or Bones; making of Movements, and the Application of Pendulums; with the Projection of the Sphere for an Universal Dyal, &c. The Fourth Edition.
    Fourth edition. Moore had been involved with the management of the Royal Mathematical School at Christ's Hospital; his notes were edited by his Ordnance second clerk, Nicholas Stephenson, to form this popular pocket-book, first published 1674. This copy with the bookplate of William Mountaine Esq. F.R.S, mathematics teacher, given by him in 1775 to Burnt Yates School in North Yorkshire. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1705

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 47276

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  18. The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris for the Year 1805.

    The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris for the Year 1805.

    Published by Order of the Commissioners of Longitude.
    Attractively bound Almanac and Ephemeris for the year of Trafalgar, although published four years previously. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1801

    Published:

    Stock Code: 44236

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