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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. 139149
    MEDINA, Pedro de. Regimiento de navegacion.

    Seville : 1552

    Very rare first edition of Medina's great navigational treatise, an appealing copy in contemporary vellum. Praised for its fine woodcuts, which are among the earliest to depict man's use of astrolabes, the Regimiento offers the essentials of seamanship in a practical format, and was intended for ship-born pilots; Francis Drake carried a copy during... Learn More
    £225,000.00

    Stock Code: 139149

  2. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.
    HARRISON, John. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.

    London : 1767

    First edition of the primary account of the invention of the marine chronometer, which revolutionized the science of navigation. "There was no comparable advance in navigational aids until the development of radar in the twentieth century" (Norman).
    In 1714, the Board of Longitude offered a substantial reward of 20,000 to anyone who could find an... Learn More
    £100,000.00

    Stock Code: 138402

  3. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
    HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.

    London : 1841-3

    Scarce fifth edition of this important and justly famous publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become the standard manual for the eastern navigation; this copy with an excellent nautical pedigree, having passed through the hands of a trio of American sea captains.

    Provenance: mounted on a preliminary... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 139134

  4. Traité des Horloges Marines,
    BERTHOUD, Ferdinand. Traité des Horloges Marines,

    Paris : 1773

    First edition of this famous work describing Berthoud's marine timekeepers. Berthoud (1727-1807) and Pierre Le Roy vied to perfect the marine chronometer in the late 1760s, with Berthoud eventually judged to have the better design. No. 6 was one of the first timekeepers to be housed in the type of box that became the standard for all marine chronometers.... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 138824

  5. Original manuscript logs of the His Majesty's Hired Brig Cockatrice, 7 July 1805 - 10 February 1807; & HMS Foxhound 3 April 1807 & 28 February 1808.
    GREENE, Pitt Burnaby. Original manuscript logs of the His Majesty's Hired Brig Cockatrice, 7 July 1805 - 10 February 1807; & HMS Foxhound 3 April 1807 & 28 February 1808.

    Home waters : 1805-8

    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 was sold to private interests,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123114

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

    Trieste : 1854

    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 during the Crimean War:... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 79397

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

    [Paris or Marseille?] : 1732-46

    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 on rocks and reefs, and... Learn More
    £18,000.00

    Stock Code: 66701

  8. Report on Sudan Government Railways and Steamers.
    (POLE, Felix J. C.) Report on Sudan Government Railways and Steamers.

    London : 1924

    First edition, produced for private use, not publication. Scarce, COPAC shows only one copy in LSE, OCLC shows none. Inscribed by the author Felix Pole, then General Manager at Great Western Railway, to James Milne, then Assistant General Manager and later General Manager at GWR. Pole was commissioned in 1923 by Lt.-Col George Schuster, the Financial... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 129561

  9. Mare Clausum seu De Dominio Maris Libri Duo.
    SELDEN, John. Mare Clausum seu De Dominio Maris Libri Duo.

    London : 1635

    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 purpose was to establish the... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 129464

  10. The Cruise of the 'Antarctic' to the South Polar Regions.
    BULL, H. J. The Cruise of the 'Antarctic' to the South Polar Regions.

    London : 1896

    First edition, first impression, preceding the Norwegian edition. Henrik Johan Bull's Antarctic expedition was the first to reach the Antarctic continent. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 128895

  11. The Mediterranean Pilot:
    MICHELOT, Henri. The Mediterranean Pilot:

    London : 1715

    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 Mediterranee (Marsailles, 1703) was executed... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 125965

  12. The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations.
    RAWLINGS, A. L. The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression, of the author's "pocket book" (Preface) chiefly intended for makers and users of gyrocompasses. A second edition was published in the US in 1944. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 116545

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

    London : 1681

    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 Moore to compile the Royal Almanack... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 112517

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

    [Paris or Marseille?] : 1732-46

    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 on rocks and reefs, and... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 106965

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

    London : 1967

    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 record of a time at... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 99503

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

    London : 1887

    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
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 96442

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

    [London] : 1773

    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 offered under the terms of the 1714 Longitude Act, and indeed may never have been issued;... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 94021

  18. L'Architecture navale,
    DASSIÉ, F. L'Architecture navale,

    Paris : 1687

    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 figure. He was apparently born... Learn More
    £8,000.00

    Stock Code: 90928

  19. Le Pilote Expert.
    DASSIÉ, F. 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 longitude, the lodestone,... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 90835

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

    London : 1851

    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 Steel in 1795, drawing his... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 70217

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

    Nantes : 1829-33

    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 ni autres motifs n'ont... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 67938

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