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    AUD $12.74

    Navigation for Yachtsmen (Third Edition) by Blewitt, Mary

    Stanford Maritime, Limited, London, 1974. Reprint. Hardcover (Laminated Boards). Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Illustrated. Foreword to the first edition by Captain John Illingworth, preface by author appendix an index. The text is illustrated with numerous figures and illustrations. Photographic laminated boards with black and white coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. Title says it all. Rubbing of the book corners, backstrip corners and book panels. Age toning of the textblock edges with previous owners name to the top edge of the free front end page on page 33. Offset tanning to the end pages. Revised Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 101, [1] pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Illustrated. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Ships & the Sea; Navigation; ISBN: 0540009636. ISBN/EAN: 9780540009633. Inventory No: 0128153. . 9780540009633 This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $7.80 for shipment within Australia. .


    AUD $50.00

    Australia Pilot. Volume I South Coast of Australia from Cape Leeuwin to Green Point. Sixth Edition. by Russell, Commander T.C

    Somerset, UK: Hydrographer of the Navy. 1973. Folio Size [21x30cm approx]. Very Good condition - Navy Blue Cloth Covers. Several marks to the covers . Black & white illustrations and several coloured charts. 136 pages . Reprint. Hardback.



    A practical introduction to spherics and nautical astronomy... Fifth edition. by Kelly, Patrick

    London: Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, 1822. 8vo. xvi, 236 pp. 21 plates, text illustrations. Original boards, hinges cracked, light wear; in quarter morocco slipcase. Minor foxing to plates. Fifth edition, expanded, of this standard 19th century textbook of spherical trigonometry, first published in 1796. Meriwether Lewis took a copy of Kelly's work with him on the famous Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-6.



    Sight reduction tables for air navigation

    H.M.S.O, 1977-01-01. Hardcover. Good-. . GOOD-. *3 vols. set. blue cloth boards, no jackets issued, chips and coaster stains to covers, shelf and handling wear, lightly sunned/stained page edges..<p> Once Read Books, cover scan available - just ask, OnceReadBooks com<p> Orders shipped via USPS.


    AUD $20.00

    The Voyage of the Investigator 1801-1803 Commander Matthew Flinders, R.N. by Austin, K.A

    Adelaide: Rigby Limited. 1964. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy.. Illustrated with Black and White plates and Maps. 222 pages Austin tells of the explorations and adventures of "the great Denominater", Matthew Flinders, the first to circumnavigate Australia. . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    Tables of Houses. Equator to 66 degrees North Latitude. Including How to use These Same Tables for Southern Latitudes

    Chicago: Aries Press, 1969. Softcover. Fine. Later printing. Bookstore stamp (Astrological Books) on title page else fine in wrappers.



    Treatise on Marine and Naval Architecture, or, Theory and Practice blended in Ship Building by GRIFFITHS, John Willis

    Lithographed frontis., 45 black & white plates, and two printed tables. 420, ii pp. Large 4to, orig. cloth (extremities with very minor wear, some foxing due to the quality of the paper). New York: D. Appleton, 1852. "Third edition" of the first great American book on naval architecture (1st ed.: 1849). Griffiths (1809-82), was one of the earliest outstanding naval architects in America and, during the early 1850s, his steamships were the fastest and finest in the world. "Through his writings Griffiths did more than any one else to put shipbuilding in America on a scientific basis, in place of the 'rule of thumb' methods then in vogue. He was not only an influential theorist, however, but a practical designer of ships as well, and one of the first in the United States outside of naval constructors like Joshua Humphreys, to specialize in designing. Most of his contemporaries, like Donald McKay, Samuel Hall, and Jacob Bell, owned shipyards and actually built the ships they designed...Griffiths, however, with his particular inventive genius and bold originality, was content to draw the plans and let others execute them. He showed amazing versatility in that period of constant innovation, designing outstanding vessels of many sorts - sail and steam, wood and iron, war and commerce. Though the Ann McKim, built at Baltimore in 1832, is often called the pioneer clipper, Griffiths is credited with designing the first 'extreme clipper ship,' the Rainbow, 750 tons, launched in 1845 for the China trade...To secure increased speed by reducing resistance, he gave these ships slender bows and sterns rising high above the water, concave bow waterlines and 'the greatest breadth at a point considerably further aft than had hitherto been considered practicable' (Clark, post, p. 65). Conservative skeptics attacked these innovations, questioning the safety of such sharp, slender ships, but they proved to be the fastest afloat and strongly influenced the subsequent development of the American clipper. Griffiths then turned to steamships, where again his influence was important...His writings and the success of his ships brought him orders from all parts of the world."-D.A.B., IV, pp. 626-27. This book is very attractively illustrated with forty-five striking black & white plates, depicting various parts of ships and matters of design. A fresh copy of a book which does not survive well. Surprisingly rare. There is essentially no difference between the first, second, and third editions. &#10087; Hindle, Technology in Early America, p. 55-"Just after mid-century a remarkable work appeared which was filled with insights not obtainable elsewhere: John W. Griffiths' Treatise...This large undertaking is based on the belief that European treatises did not help much in the United States, because of different terms in use, because they were not fundamentally intended for merchant shipbuilding, and because they were not sufficiently adapted to the knowledge and talents of the operative mechanics. The result is very helpful to the historian.".



    Yachtsman's Pilot to the West Coast of Scotland: Crinan to Canna by Lawrence, Martin

    Paperback. Very Good.



    The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with Plates of the Same. Published by Order of the Commissioners of Longitude by [HARRISON, John]

    Ten folding engraved plates. 31 pp. Large 4to, cont. half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: Printed by W. Richardson & S. Clark; and sold by J. Nourse & Mess. Mount & Page, 1767. [bound with]: MASKELYNE, Nevil. An Account of the Going of Mr. John Harrison's Watch, at the Royal Observatory, from May 6th, 1766 to March 4th, 1767. Together with the Original Observations and Calculations of the Same...Published by Order of the Commissioners of Longitude. 28, lvi pp. Large 4to. London: W. Richardson & S. Clark, 1767. [bound with]: LE ROY, J[ulien] D[avid]. A Succinct Account of the Attempts of Mess. Harrison and Le Roy, for finding the Longitude at Sea, and of the Proofs made of their works...To which is prefixed, a Summary of the Marquis de Courtanvaut's Voyage, for the Trial of certain Instruments for finding the Longitude at Sea. Done from the French, by a Fellow of the Royal Society. 14, xii, 54pp. Large 4to. London: F. Newbery, 1768. First editions of the first two works and first edition in English of the third; very fine copies from the library of Matthew Boulton, with the modern bookplate. These are important works regarding the invention and perfection of the chronometer, which enabled navigators to determine their correct geographical position at all times. I. While latitude has been ascertainable by relatively simple means, measuring longitude presented considerable challenges. In 1714, the English government offered the enormous prize of 20,000 pounds to be awarded by the Board of Longitude to anyone who developed a reliable means of calculating longitude at sea. "One way of measuring longitude is to compare local solar time with the standard time at the prime meridian. Local time is easily ascertained by observing the sun but only a very accurate clock can register a standard time over long periods. The improvements in horology effected by Christian Huygens and others after him about the mid-seventeenth century promised success with this method. But the practical problems associated with temperature-compensation and so forth remained long intractable, although several rewards for an invention were offered. Finally, John Harrison, a clockmaker with several useful inventions to his credit...perfected a chronometer of the required degree of accuracy, showing a steady rate of gain or loss. Harrison's chronometer not only supplied navigators with a perfect instrument for observing the true geographical position at any moment during their voyage, but also laid the foundation for the compilation of exact charts of the deep seas and the coastal waters of the world...There has possibly been no advance of comparable importance in aids to navigation until the introduction of radar."-Printing & the Mind of Man 208-(describing Harrison's earlier An Account of the Proceedings: 1763). II. As part of the dispute between Harrison and the Board of Longitude, Maskelyne was called upon to test the accuracy of Harrison's marine chronometer. Maskelyne was known to favor the rival method of finding longitude by means of lunar tables and he therefore subjected Harrison's chronometer, which had already performed well on two West Indian voyages, to a series of extreme and unrealistic tests. The tests were intended to fully discredit the watch. The predictably disappointing results were published in the present pamphlet, along with Maskelyne's conclusion that "Mr Harrison's watch cannot be depended upon to keep the longitude within a degree in a West India voyage of six is a useful and valuable invention." III. First edition in English of the Exposé succint des Travaux de MM. Harrison et Le Roy (1768). This is a very rare and important contribution to the famous and bitter quarrel involving Pierre Le Roy (1717-85), the most eminent horologist in France of the 18th century, Harrison, and Berthoud. Le Roy made important contributions to the chronometer; he "established the main principles of the modern chronometer, to wit, a detached escapement, temperature compensation in the balance, and an isochronous balance spring."-Catherine Cardinal, "Ferdinand Berthoud and Pierre Le Roy..." in The Quest for Longitude (Ed. by William J.H. Andrewes), 1996, p. 292. The present work was written by Le Roy, using his father's name for this edition, in answer to Harrison's Principles (see item I). Le Roy illustrates the originality and priority of his own work, dating from before 1754, in comparison with Harrison's. While recognizing the merit of Harrison's chronometer, he considered his own to be superior. The condescension expressed here by Le Roy provoked a series of violently critical responses, both in England and in France. Le Roy also provides an account of the trial of his Nos. 1 and 2 on the Aurore under the Marquis de Courtanvaux in 1767. This is an extremely rare book. Fine copies, attractively bound together, and preserved in a box. Loosely inserted is a page of manuscript notes in ink by a contemporary reader about Harrison's time-keeper. &#10087; I. Horblit 42b. II. Baillie, Clocks and Watches. An Historical Bibliography, p. 271. III. Baillie, ibid., pp. 276-77-(describing the original French edition). See also the note to Printing & the Mind of Man 208 for a discussion of the claims of Le Roy to priority in the invention of the chronometer.


    AUD $18.00

    The Voyage of the Investigator 1801-1803 Commander Matthew Flinders, R.N. by Austin, K.A

    Adelaide: Rigby Limited. 1964. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. Illustrated with Black and White plates and Maps. Minor marks to endpapers. 222 pages Austin tells of the explorations and adventures of "the great Denominater", Matthew Flinders, the first to circumnavigate Australia. . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    Memoire sur l'Astronomie Nautique, Dans lequel, 1, on discute plusierus methodes pour avoir l'heure et la latitude du Vaisseaux; 2, on arrive, par des considerations geometriques, a des formules tres simples pour calculer l'influence des erreurs d'observation sur les resultats conclus; 3, enfin, on explique la formation et l'usage de quatre Tables nouvelles et tres commodes pour avoir les erreurs des resultats, et pour juger aussi des circonstances les plus favorables; by Mazure-Duhamel, M

    Paris: Bachelier, gendre Courcier, successeur de Mme Ve Courcier, 1822. First Edition. Wraps. Very Good. First Edition. VIII + 84 pages + [16] pages (tables, last blank) + 2 folding plates. Page 84 is errata. Complete. 8 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches. 4to. Original but intended temporary binder's reddish paper wrappers loose from text block where the half-title is glued down. Large folding plate page 21. An uncut, unopened copy. Old temporary plain paper spine reinforcement. Printed on laid paper. Wraps. J. A. Mazure Duhamel was Curator of the Marine Observatory, and Professor of the navigation school. OCLC notes two other works by Mazure-Duhamel (1812, Marseille on elements of Arithmetic where Mazure Duhamel was "Teacher of Seamanship"), and (Toulon, 1825 on the construction of tables). The subtitle, loosely translated, explains the contents fairly well: "Memoir on Nautical Astronomy, In which Part 1, discusses methods for time and latitude of vessels; Part 2 it happens by geometrical considerations, has very simple formulas to calculate the influence of observation errors on the results concluded; Part 3 Finally, we explain the formation and use of four new tables and very convenient for the errors of the results, and also to judge the best of times;" Cotter in his "A History of Nautical Astronomy, pp 284-5" notes that M. Mazure Duhamel published in this work the prototype of "A and B correction tables" used in position-line navigation (Heath). Less than a dozen copies in OCLC/Worldcat as of this listing. Houzeau & Lancaster 10583. Found in the Printed Catalogues of the Library of the Royal Astronomical Society (Luther, Martino:2006).



    Sailing Directions for the Southeast Coast of Africa 1936. by Issued Under the Authority of Secretary of the United States Navy

    Washington DC United States Navy Department: Hydrographic Office, 1936. Hardcover Third Edition [1936]. Very Good+: shows very light wear to extremities. A small patch of discoloration at the head of the backstrip. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 454pp. Two Large Fold-our Maps and a few black and white illustrations. H.O. No. 156. Third Edition [1936]. Printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.



    Yachtsman's Pilot to the West Coast of Scotland: Clyde to Colonsay by Lawrence, Martin

    Paperback. Very Good.



    The Yachtsman's Pilot to the West Coast of Scotland: Castlebay to Cape Wrath by Lawrence, Martin

    Paperback. Good.



    Traité complet sur l'Aberration des Étoiles fixes, avec une Histoire générale de l'Astronomie, une Introduction au Systême du Monde, selon les principes de la Philosophie ancienne & moderne; suivies d'un Abregé de la Sphere & d'une méthode pour déterminer les différences en longitude des Villes & des Ports de Mer, en se servant de l'Occultation des Etoiles fixes par la Lune by [LE MONNIER, Pierre Charles] & FONTAINE DES CRUTES, Pierre

    Eight folding engraved plates & one engraved headpiece vignette. iv, one leaf of dedication, [v]-xxxii, 270, [2], one leaf of errata. 8vo, attractive antique calf, double gilt fillet round sides, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G.F. Quillau, 1744. First edition and very scarce; it is not generally known that the great French astronomer Le Monnier (1715-99), made substantial contributions to the present book. Fine and handsome copy. &#10087; Lalande, p. 423-"Le Monnier eut part à cet ouvrage; il contient encore quelques autres mémoires d'astronomie.".


    AUD $20.02

    Modern Seamanship A Comprehensive Reference Guide For All Recreational Boaters by Dodds, Don

    Gramercy Books, New York, 2000. Reprint. Hardcover (Laminated Illustrated Boards). Very Good Condition/Very Good. The dustjacket shows no damage, the hardcover binding similarly shows no damage, there is a small mark next to the spine on the top edge but no damage to the margins of the book. Illustrated with diagrams and example maps, the book covers additional and modern navigation and sailing as well as etiquette and common boating customs with five appendices providing additional information on such issues as distance and varying calculations along with a glossary of terminology which is particularly helpful. – Paraphrasing the dustjacket blurb Second impression of the First Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Ships & the Sea; Navigation; Sailing; ISBN: 0517162520. ISBN/EAN: 9780517162521. Inventory No: 0273812. . 9780517162521



    REED'S TABLES OF DISTANCES Between Ports and Places in All Parts of the World by Whittingham, H. and C. T. King

    United Kingdom: Thomas Reed & Co. Ltd. Very Good. 1947. Hardcover. A very good 1947 11th Edition reprint hardcover without dustwrapper in slightly soiled/edge-worn paper covered boards, the blue backstrip is faded and slightly frayed at the ends, no writing or stamps, clean pages. Carefully packaged and posted within 48 hours from our wee bookshop in Scotland.; 192 pages .



    Yachtsman's Pilot to the West Coast of Scotland: Crinan to Canna by Lawrence, Martin

    Paperback. Very Good.




    United States: Cruising Club Publications. Very Good. 1988. Spiral Bound. 9768063017 . A very good paperback in slightly creased/edge worn illustrated card covers with intact plastic comb bound spine, internally without writing or stamps, clean pages. Carefully packaged and posted within 48 hours from our wee bookshop in Scotland.; 224 pages .


    CAD $20.00

    The Wilderness Route Finder by Rutstrum, Calvin

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 16mo. Kouba, Les. Original jacket and green cloth. Top edge red. Illustration of Compass Rose blind stamped on front board. x, 214 p.p. Illustrated throughout. Calvin Rutstrum [1895-1982] was an American outdoorsman and author who wrote about wilderness and camping techniques. Wilderness Route Finder is his fifth book, is a practical and illustrated guide to finding your way in the wilderness. The book discusses maps and map reading, natural route finders, the compass, and other navigation techniques. Light soiling to jacket covers. Front inner flap clipped. Staining along head of inner covers. Dampstains to upper front and rear board. Light rubbing at edges and corners. Bruising at spine-ends. Previous ownership inscription on F.F.E.P. Otherwise a very good copy. First Printing



    The Vse [Use] of Both the Globes Celestiall and Terrestriall : London 1592 by Hood, Thomas

    Amsterdam: Da Capo Press / Theatrvm Orbis Terrarvm. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1971. Reprint Ed. Hardcover. 9022103897 . Library stamps/marks/labels/pocket, light spine sun, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover.; S.T.C. no. 13698. Facsimile of 1592 edition, imprinted at London at the Three Cranes in the Vintree, by Thomas Dawson. The earliest surviving treatise on the Molyneux globes. "The globes provided navigators and students with methods for finding the place of the sun, latitude, course, distance, amplitudes, azimuths, time and declination. They proved such a boon to navigation that they came into widespread use on ships." - Wikipedia ; The English Experience: Its Record in Early Printed Books Published in Facsimile; Ex-Library; Vol. 389; [79] pages .


    AUD $16.00

    Let's Try Sailing by Toghill, Jeff

    Terrey Hills, NSW: A. H. & A. W. Reed. 1978. Quarto Size [approx 24cm x 30.5cm]. Very Good in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. Illustrated with Black & White Photographs and Drawings. Gift inscription to top corner of front free endpaper [flyleaf]. 128 pages Guide to sailing, including navigation, knots, capsizing and righting, sailing onto a mooring, rules of the road, weather etc . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    Certaine Errors in Navigation, Detected and Corrected by WRIGHT, Edward

    Finely engraved title, repeated on *2 (both shaved at outer margin) incorporating a world map on Mercator's projection; one folding woodcut & letterpress diagram ("the draught of the Meridians"); two engraved illus. of instruments (one full-page) in the text; & 27 woodcut illus., many of instruments, in the text (one shaved at outer margin with slight loss). 26 p.l., 472, 122 pp., 11 leaves (including Oo4 blank). Three parts in one vol. Small 4to, cont. calf (very neatly rebacked, sides a little rubbed). London: F. Kingston, 1610. Second edition, corrected and enlarged, of the most important and most famous English book on the art of navigation, "a book that set the seal on the supremacy of the English in the theory and practice of the art of navigation at this time. It contained a brilliant summary of all the chief contemporary practices of navigation together with a critical examination of their faults, and either the actual means for eliminating them or else sound guidance on the measures necessary to do away with them... "Wright's Certaine Errors was so packed with learning, was such an able survey of navigation practice at the close of the sixteenth century, and by its chart projection introduced such order out of the former cartographical confusion, that it and his other work merit fuller attention than can be devoted to it in a survey of this scope."-Waters, The Art of Navigation in England, pp. 219-20. The first edition, which appeared in 1599 and is a famously rare book, caused a "revolution in navigational science, which for the first time [Wright] based firmly on mathematical principles...His fame chiefly rests on his tables of the construction of maps using 'Mercator's projection'...Wright also formulated instructions for the use of the compass and the cross-staff, made improvements in navigational instruments and gave tables of magnetic declinations."-Printing & the Mind of Man 106-(1st ed. of 1599). The second edition is important: "What made this edition...into a navigation manual suitable for all seamen was the inclusion [for the first time] of a translation made by a friend, of a standard Spanish navigation manual of 1588, Zamorano's Compendio del Arte de Navigar."-Waters, p. 317. Like most copies of this edition (save for the Macclesfield copy which sold for 170,000 pounds in 2007), our copy lacks the two large engraved maps, one showing Cumberland's route to and from the Azores and the other the world map by William Kip. Shirley, in his Mapping of the World, 272, speculates that its great size and possible incompleteness could explain why the world map is rarely found bound with the book. A fine and crisp copy. Rare with or without the maps. &#10087; NSTC 26020.


    AUD $11.00

    Animal Navigation by Lockley, R.M

    New York: Hart Publishing. 1967. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition. No dustjacket. Previous owner's details to front free end paper. Black & white illustrations. 205 pages . 1st US Edition. Hardback.

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