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Rare first editions, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the science or technology involved in maritime navigation: astrolabes, compasses, longitude calculations, etc.

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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

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    Stock Code: 44236

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