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Falconer, William.
An Universal Dictionary of the Marine.
London: T. Cadell, 1769. Scottish-born sailor and poet, Falconer made a name for himself with the oft-reprinted long poem, "The Shipwreck." However, he'd gone to sea as a youth and became an experienced seaman, expert at the technical and practical aspects of sailing. This is the first edition of his great work, "A copious explanation of the technical terms and phrases employed in the construction, equipment, furniture, machinery, movements, and military operations of a ship." With a section translating "French Seas Terms and Phrases." This would have been of particular interest to English readers, who felt constantly threatened by the French. Indeed, Falconer refers to the military action of "Retreat as,"not properly a term of the British marine." He goes on to "confess their superior dexterity in this movement." He continued sailing even after its publication, and was lost at sea. See Scott 342. Craig p. 15. Adams & Waters 1039. The text is clean and fresh. Plates lightly tanned on some panels. One plate with a 3 inch tear along fold. Bound in polished calf over marbled boards, with spine label. A collectible copy of an important work.. 4to, 27 cm. Unpaginated. (About 480 pp.) b/w folding plates.
Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co. [United States]
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