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BABRON, Jean-Baptiste-Antoine.

Précis des pratiques de l’art naval, en France, en Espagne et en Angleterre,

donnant, pour les trois marines, les termes techniques, les commandemens et des vocabulaires ... ; des tables des dimensions de la mature; les proportions du gréement pour chaque espèce de vaisseau du guerre ou de commerce; les manoeuvres particulières, les évolutions; la description des pavillons de toutes les nations; quelques découvertes récentes ...

Published: Brest: de l'imprimerie de Michel, imprimeur du Roi, 1817

Stock code: 98993

Price: £1,500

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First and only edition. Uncommon, 4 copies only on OCLC – BnF, NYPL, Fisher Library, Toronto, Danish Union Catalogue. Compiled by Babron (1772-1841), a frigate captain, who began work on it when 22, but was only able to finally publish after his retirement from the sea in 1813. In his introduction he explains that he became convinced that in France there “was no work which brought together in a single volume, at a moderate price, all of the practices of the naval art; that is a vade mecum to serve as a guide to young sailors”.

Octavo (202 123 mm). Contemporary sheep-backed bottle-green paper covered boards, flat spine, title gilt direct, compartments formed by a star and flower gilt roll, foliate centre-tool. Tables and diagrams to the text, bound with the half-title, advertisement/errata leaf at the rear. A little rubbed, light browning and foxing, heavy in places, throughout, but remains a very good copy.

Bibliography: Polak 313

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