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Linton, Anthony:
NEWES OF THE COMPLEMENT OF THE ART OF NAVIGATION. AND OF THE MIGHTIE EMPIRE OF CATAIA. TOGETHER WITH THE STRAITS OF ANIAN
London: Felix Kyngston, 1609.. [2],44pp. Small quarto. Contemporary vellum. Vellum a bit soiled and wrinkled. Front fly leaf torn with loss of lower edge, rear fly leaf torn in lower outer corner. Titlepage torn in lower outer corner, not affecting text. Faint marginal dampstaining. Very good. In a folding half morocco and cloth box, spine gilt. The Sir Thomas Phillipps copy, with his shelf mark on the inner front cover. A rare and important early navigational work and Americanum, with a discussion of Drake, Gilbert, "Sir Thomas Candish" (i.e. Cavendish), and other navigators who came to America. Linton was chaplain to Charles, Lord Howard of Effingham, who served as High Admiral from 1585 to 1618, and he pays special attention to the travels of English explorers. Linton himself had just returned from a voyage to the north of Asia, and notes that he has added "50 or 60 degrees of good discoverie, unto the alreadie known longitude, comprehended between the Westerne coast of America...on the one side, and the Vaygatz, or Ile van Oranges, upon the North of Nova Zemla." "The great part of the book is taken up with instructions how to find the longitude of any place 'without the help of any Eclipse'" - Church. One of the earliest English books dealing with navigation in the Pacific Ocean. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 609/69. CHURCH 343. JCB II, 63. SABIN 41385. STC 15692.
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