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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

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