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1624 - Primary Source Treatise on Navigation - Snellius
Exceedingly Scarce First Edition by Willebrord Snellius - "Tiphys Batavus" - Navigation by Rhumb Line Course
SNELLIUS, Willebrord Title: Tiphys Batavus, sive histiodromice, de navium cursibus, et re navali. [Tiphys Batavus, or Histiodromice, a Ship's Navigational Course, and Naval Matters] Lugduni Batavorum [near Leiden]: ex Officinâ Elzeviriana, 1624. Rare First Edition from the Earls of Macclesfield library. 4to. 227 pages, plus title pages and 3 full page engraved plates. [the body of the work features an 8 page preface, 48 page introductory lecture, 109 page treatise, 62 pages of logarithm charts]. Further in-text woodcut diagrams, data tables and mathematical calculations appear throughout. Text is in Latin. Two ownership signatures to title page, first of Christophorus Plassius and made at Leiden in 1671, secondly of Benjamin von Munchausen dated The Hague 1675 who received the volume from Plassius. Also with the manuscript shelfmark, blind embossment, and 1860 bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield. Detailed manuscript inscriptions and to front pastedown and rear endpapers, some by Plassius, some by a French shipbuilder. Contemporary sheepskin binding, blindstamp and gilt borders, four raised bands and gilt title to spine. Provenance: From the Shirburn Castle library of the Earls of Macclesfield, previously owned by Fellows of the Royal Society Snellius died at the young age of 46, only two years after this work was printed. In 1624, Snel published his lessons on navigation in Tiphys Batavus (Tiphys was the pilot of the Argo). The work is "mainly a study and tabulation of Pedro Nuñez' so called rhumb lines (1537), which Snel called 'loxodromes'. His cons … [Click Below for Full Description]
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