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Stevin, Simon:
THE HAVEN-FINDING ART, OR, THE WAY TO FIND ANY HAVEN OR PLACE AT SEA, BY THE LATITUDE AND VARIATION. LATELY PUBLISHED IN THE DUTCH, FRENCH, AND LATINE TONGUES, BY COMMANDEMENT OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE COUNT MAURITZ OF NASSAU, LORD HIGH ADMIRAL OF THE UNITE
London: G. B[ishop], R. N[ewbery], and R. B[arker], 1599.. [16],27pp. including three woodcut figures in the text (one full-page, one three-quarter page). Small quarto. Modern sprinkled calf, boards and spine gilt. Upper outer joint tender, separating at top and bottom. Bookplates of Boies Penrose on front free pastedown and recto of front free endpaper, modern bookplate on verso of front free endpaper. Titlepage age-toned, slight chips to foredge, old paper repairs at corners (not affecting text). A very good copy. In a half morocco box. First edition in English of Simon Stevin's navigation manual, HAVENVINDING, published the same year as the original Dutch edition and separately printed French and Latin editions. Stevin served as quartermaster- general of the Dutch army and was often consulted on matters of defense and navigation by the government of the Netherlands. A compilation of information on magnetic variation which would assist navigators in determining their position at sea, this English edition was translated by Edward Wright upon the urging of Richard Hakluyt. The translator "explained that he had brought the book out in the hope that it would assist masters engaged on long voyages to find their position by means only of their latitude and variation...It was hoped that instead of guessing, as up till now those not in possession of the information had had to do, and often wrongly...English navigators knowing their variation when in the latitude of St. Helena would be able to say, like the Portuguese, 'I am east, or I am west, of St. Helena because my var … [Click Below for Full Description]
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