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First edition copies and rare examples of navigation history books from as early as the 17th century.

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    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
    £18,000

    Stock Code: 66701

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  2. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,
    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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  3. 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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  4. Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Pilot.
    First edition of this US 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. Beyond the specifically maritime aspects, including coastal geography, these handbooks provided basic background... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 100003

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  5. Persian Gulf Pilot.
    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 edition in particular stands... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 100002

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  6. 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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  7. Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.
    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 the specifically maritime aspects these handbooks... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 99504

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  8. Three-volume Manuscript Course Book.
    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 the son of a... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 96097

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  9. The Case of Mr. John Harrison [drop-head and docket title].
    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... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 94021

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  10. A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV.
    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 a fiasco. His small squadron was battered by storms... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 93142

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  11. 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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  12. "L'Architecture navale,"
    First edition. "Consider Learn More
    £8,000

    Stock Code: 90928

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  13. 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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  14. The Brasilian Navigator; or Sailing Directory for all the Coasts of Brasil, etc.
    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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  15. The Doctrine of The Sphere,
    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 1673. This copy bears... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 79855

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  16. 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

    signed

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