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BRADFORD, John Service.

Atlantic Coast Pilot – Eastport to Boston.

Published: Washington: United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, Government Printing Office, 1879

Stock code: 68601

Price: £350

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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. Its creation is a cornerstone of the rapid growth of science and technology and of the development of natural resources for commercial use in the United States.” During the Civil War, Bradford Served with David Porter as hydrographer to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. He was responsible for piloting the powder-ship Louisiana alongside Fort Fisher, and prepared the battle-charts for the two bombardments of the fort. “After the fall of Fort Fisher he conducted elaborate surveys of the defences of Cape Fear River. In February he was sent North by Rear Admiral Porter to carry his charts and the trophies of victory from Fort Fisher to the Secretary of the Navy. Fort Fisher was the last combat action in North Carolina waters” (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web-site). This copy with the pencilled gift inscription of Boston philanthropist E.W. Kinsley to Oliver White Peabody, a scion of one of the oldest and most distinguished families in Boston and one of the founders of the investment bank Kidder, Peabody & Co.

Quarto (295 193 mm). Original half skiver on marbled boards, title gilt to the spine, marbled edges and endpapers. 24 folding harbour charts and 31 folding coastal profiles. A little rubbed, short tear at the tail of the spine, joints carefully restored, but overall very good.

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