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  1. Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.

    Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile. 1863

    £400

    First edition. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke made the discovery of Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Once …Read more

  2. Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.

    Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea. 1859; 1852; 1858

    £575

    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 …Read more

  3. A Mathematical Compendium;

    A Mathematical Compendium; 1681

    £1,750

    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. Read more

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

    Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée, 1732-46

    £12,500

    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 …Read more

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

    The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris for the Year 1805. 1801

    £225

    Attractively bound Almanac and Ephemeris for the year of Trafalgar, although published four years previously. Read more

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

    The Case of Mr. John Harrison [drop-head and docket title]. 1773

    £10,000

    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 …Read more

  7. L’Architecture navale,

    L’Architecture navale, 1687

    £8,000

    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 …Read more

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

    Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63. 1967, & 1974

    £1,250

    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 …Read more

  9. Three-volume Manuscript Course Book.

    Three-volume Manuscript Course Book. 1816-7

    £1,750

    Highly attractive, and well-executed examples of these manuscript course/exercise books, covering a technical syllabus typical of those designed for boys destined for nautical or clerical careers. They were produced by a pupil at Joseph Saul’s exceptional Green Row Academy, near Silloth in Cumbria. Saul was …Read more

  10. Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Pilot.

    Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Pilot. 1916

    £1,250

    First edition of this naval pilot, to be distinguished from the British title of the same name, first published in 1863, though deriving most of its information from the sixth edition (1909) of that publication. Uncommon: only one copy in British libraries (Oxford); more prevalent …Read more

  11. Persian Gulf Pilot.

    Persian Gulf Pilot. 1955

    £1,250

    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 …Read more

  12. L’arte del navigare, con il regimento della Tramontana e del sole;

    L’arte del navigare, con il regimento della Tramontana e del sole; 1587

    £47,500

    Unpublished illustrated handwritten manual of navigation in the Levant as well as in the South Seas, representing the state of Italian navigational art in the second half of the 16th century. This is one of the best known Italian navigational manuals of the period. It …Read more

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

    Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63. 1967

    £750

    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 …Read more

  14. Recollections of Forty Years.

    Recollections of Forty Years. 1887

    £150

    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. Read more

  15. 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. 1748

    £7,500

    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 …Read more

  16. Le Pilote Expert.

    Le Pilote Expert. 1683

    £9,750

    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 …Read more

  17. The Doctrine of The Sphere,

    The Doctrine of The Sphere, 1680

    £5,000

    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 …Read more

  18. 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. 1851

    £850

    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 …Read more

  19. Atlantic Coast Pilot – Eastport to Boston.

    Atlantic Coast Pilot – Eastport to Boston. 1879

    £350

    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 …Read more

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

    Collection of six scarce works on navigation, hydrography, meteorology, and astronomy published at Nantes. 1829-33

    £6,000

    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 …Read more

  21. A Mathematical Compendium;

    A Mathematical Compendium; 1705

    £850

    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. …Read more

  22. The Independent Navigator, or Mariner’s Best Companion.

    The Independent Navigator, or Mariner’s Best Companion. 1828

    £1,000

    First and only edition. As suggested by the sub-title, Mulligan – who styles himself “Teacher of Navigation and Mental Astronomy, by a New and Approved System” – suggests that he has found a revolutionary short-cut to complex navigational problems. “The small Treatise here submitted to …Read more

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

    Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati. 1854

    £4,000

    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 …Read more

  1. Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.
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    SPEKE, John Hanning. SPEKE, John Hanning.

    Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.

    £400

  2. Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.
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    [NORIE, John William, & J. S.... [NORIE, John William,...

    Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.

    £575

  3. A Mathematical Compendium;
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    MOORE, Sir Jonas. MOORE, Sir Jonas.

    A Mathematical Compendium;

    £1,750

  4. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,
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    AYROUARD, Jacques. AYROUARD, Jacques.

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

    £12,500

  5. The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris for the Year 1805.
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    (NAVAL.) (NAVAL.)

    The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris for the Year 1805.

    £225

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

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

    £10,000

  7. L’Architecture navale,
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    DASSIÉ, F. DASSIÉ, F.

    L’Architecture navale,

    £8,000

  8. Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.
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    (PERSIAN GULF.) (PERSIAN GULF.)

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

    £1,250

  9. Three-volume Manuscript Course Book.
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    OSTLE, William OSTLE, William

    Three-volume Manuscript Course Book.

    £1,750

  10. Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Pilot.
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    (ARABIAN PENINSULA.) (ARABIAN PENINSULA.)

    Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Pilot.

    £1,250

  11. Persian Gulf Pilot.
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    (PERSIAN GULF.) (PERSIAN GULF.)

    Persian Gulf Pilot.

    £1,250

  12. L’arte del navigare, con il regimento della Tramontana e del sole;
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    CESAREO, Agostino. CESAREO, Agostino.

    L’arte del navigare, con il regimento della Tramontana e del sole;

    £47,500

  13. Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.
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    (PERSIAN GULF) (PERSIAN GULF)

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

    £750

  14. Recollections of Forty Years.
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    LESSEPS, Ferdinand de. LESSEPS, Ferdinand de.

    Recollections of Forty Years.

    £150

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

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

    £7,500

  16. Le Pilote Expert.
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    DASSIÉ, F. DASSIÉ, F.

    Le Pilote Expert.

    £9,750

  17. The Doctrine of The Sphere,
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    [FLAMSTEED, John.] [FLAMSTEED, John.]

    The Doctrine of The Sphere,

    £5,000

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

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

    £850

  19. Atlantic Coast Pilot – Eastport to Boston.
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    BRADFORD, John Service. BRADFORD, John Service.

    Atlantic Coast Pilot – Eastport to Boston.

    £350

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

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

    £6,000

  21. A Mathematical Compendium;
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    MOORE, Sir Jonas. MOORE, Sir Jonas.

    A Mathematical Compendium;

    £850

  22. The Independent Navigator, or Mariner’s Best Companion.
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    MULLIGAN, P. MULLIGAN, P.

    The Independent Navigator, or Mariner’s Best Companion.

    £1,000

  23. Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.
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    BOSCHETTI, Ambrogio. BOSCHETTI, Ambrogio.

    Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.

    £4,000

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