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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. 125965
    First English edition. Exceedingly uncommon, a single copy cited by Adams & Waters, at the Ministry of Defence, and only one other copy located in ESTC, COPAC, and OCLC, at Oxford. Not found in the National Maritime Museum's online catalogue.
    This translation of Michelot's Le portulan de partie de la Mer Mediterranée... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 125965

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  2. 129464
    First edition of a "classic of maritime law" (JFB), originally drafted around 1619 at the request of James I for an Anglo-Dutch conference on fishing rights. Among the Dutch representatives was Hugo Grotius, whose Mare Liberum of 1609 had proposed that the seas were free to all. The English lawyer and antiquarian Selden's... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 129464

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  3. 123114
    Highly attractive Napoleonic period commander's logbook. Pitt Burnaby Greene made lieutenant in 1790, and was promoted to the rank of commander May 8 1804. His first command was HMhb Cockatrice, originally launched in 1781 as an Alert-class class of British Royal Navy cutter, but after she sank at her moorings in 1801 she... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 123114

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  4. 66701
    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 coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage... Learn More
    £18,000

    Stock Code: 66701

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  5. A Mathematical Compendium;
    Second edition of this popular pocket-book, first published in 1674. "The book was intended to be sold with various mathematical instruments, some made by the author Nicholas Stephenson (a gunner in the Tower), who must have had Moore's sanction as his assistant to use his notes" (Taylor). "Stephenson was also deputed by... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112517

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  6. i7
    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 coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage notes... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 106965

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  7. Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.
    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 so forth. An interesting... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 99503

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  8. Recollections of Forty Years.
    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. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 96442

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  9. Le Pilote Expert.

    Le Pilote Expert.

    Havre de Grace: 1683

    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... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 90835

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  10. i2
    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 shipbuilders. Dassié is a somewhat obscure... Learn More
    £8,000

    Stock Code: 90928

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  11. Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.
    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 and the cities of its coast, published... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 79397

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  12. 70217
    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... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 70217

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  13. 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... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 67938

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  14. 44236
    Attractively bound Almanac and Ephemeris for the year of Trafalgar, although published four years previously. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 44236

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  15. i1
    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 the attention of the Public contains... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 43683

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