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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. Dernier voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde,
    ZIMMERMANN, Henri. Dernier voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde,

    Berne : 1783

    Second edition in French, following the first edition in French of 1782, both translated from Reise um die Welt mit Capitain Cook (Mannheim, 1781), with additional notes not included in the original, the type reset for the present edition.

    Johann Heinrich Zimmermann (1741-1805) sailed on HMS Discovery on James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 146898

  2. Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery;
    RICKMAN, John. Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery;

    Dublin : 1781

    First Dublin edition of the "first full account in English of Cook's third voyage, published anonymously to avoid legal action by the Admiralty" (Forbes), a reprint of the second, corrected, London edition published by Newbery in the same year.

    John Rickman was a second lieutenant aboard the Discovery, being discharged to the Resolution on August... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 147063

  3. A Journal of a Whaling Voyage on board ship Dauphin, of Nantucket.
    MURPHEY, Charles. A Journal of a Whaling Voyage on board ship Dauphin, of Nantucket.

    Mattapoisett, Mass : 1877

    Colourful verse narrative in quatrains of a Pacific whaling voyage, the present edition with a frontispiece and four plates. Another edition with no woodcuts was also published in 1877, both of which were also issued in paper wrappers. Although no priority is assigned Forbes notes that the present illustrated variant is the less common of the two.

    Charles... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146856

  4. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.
    JUKES, J. Beete. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.

    London : 1847

    First edition, first issue, of this "very important voyage" (Hill), commissioned by the Admiralty to survey the Torres Strait, the hazardous Great Barrier Reef, and various regions in New Guinea. This copy in attractive condition.

    The expedition was the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission. Blackwood's directions... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 146858

  5. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition,
    WILKES, Charles. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition,

    London : 1852

    An early edition, the first in two volumes, of Wilkes's Narrative of his groundbreaking expedition exploring the American Pacific coasts, the islands of the South Pacific and Antarctica, marking an important step in the growth of American self-reliance. Until this date, the American navy was still using British maps.

    As originally conceived... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 146410

  6. Remarks on Canal Navigation,
    FAIRBAIRN, William. Remarks on Canal Navigation,

    London : 1831

    First edition, inscribed on the title page "To Mr Hart, Galsgow, With the Author's compliments". Fairbairn's first book, documenting his experiments on the properties of iron boats, and the possibility of applying steam-power for traction, to improve communication on canal lines, is "written in a plain, perspicuous, and unpretending manner - no small... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143942

  7. A Genuine Account of the Late Grand Expedition to the Coast of France.
    ROCHEFORT - A VOLUNTEER. A Genuine Account of the Late Grand Expedition to the Coast of France.

    [London] : 1757

    First edition of this anonymous contemporary narrative of the failed British expedition to capture the French Atlantic port of Rochefort in 1757. The Army Commander Sir John Mordaunt was court-martialled for it, and although he was ultimately acquitted, his mission was judged to have been poorly planned.

    The expedition cost approximately a million... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143876

  8. The Red Sea Pilot.
    NAVAL PILOT. The Red Sea Pilot.

    London : 1873

    Revised edition of this notably uncommon naval pilot, one of 1,250 copies. This edition was updated from the first edition of 1863 in order to include key information on the Suez canal, which opened in 1869. Two copies of this edition have been traced institutionally, held at the British Library and the New York Public Library.

    This edition was... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 142878

  9. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
    BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.

    [Westminster : c.1900]

    First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.

    Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143005

  10. Signaes, que se mandão observar pelos Navios Mercantes, que vao debaixo de Comboyo dos Navios de Guerra de S.M.B.
    NAVAL SIGNALS. Signaes, que se mandão observar pelos Navios Mercantes, que vao debaixo de Comboyo dos Navios de Guerra de S.M.B.

    [Lisbon? : 1813

    First and ?only edition, a single copy traced at JCB. Abbreviated signal manual, including signals in fog and and at night, provided for Portuguese merchant ships travelling in convoy with British naval vessels during the closing stages of the Peninsular War. Appears over the printed signature of Sir George Smith as "Secretary of the Marine Headquarters",... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 130888

  11. Journal Book, Signal Station, Caistor Norfolk.
    NAVAL SIGNALS. Journal Book, Signal Station, Caistor Norfolk.

    Caistor, Norfolk : 1807

    A remarkable survival, documentation offering insight into the working of this nineteenth-century early warning system, we have been unable to trace any other examples. "Although during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic War the Royal Navy generally had the mastery of the French, one strategy to which the French resorted caused some concern: commerce... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 131013

  12. Signals and Instructions for Ships under Convoy.
    NAVAL SIGNALS. Signals and Instructions for Ships under Convoy.

    London : 1808

    Extremely uncommon set of instructions for merchant ships sailing in convoy during the Napoleonic Wars. Library Hub shows a single copy dated to 1802 at NMM, WorldCat adds copies identified as 1804 at NYPL and Princeton, another lacking self-wraps - "1800s" - at the Peabody Essex and NYHSL, another similar at the State Library of New South Wales, 1802,... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 127082

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