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Empieza la costa desde el cabo de Finibusterre hasta el de San Vizente
1635 - Atlantic and Mediterranean navigation in the 17th century. [1635]. S.l. [Spain]. Small 4to (200 mm x 150 mm). 13 [blanks] + 214 ff. + 12 [blanks] + 59 ff. + 47 [blanks]. Contemporary limp vellum, spine lettered in ink, ties as fragments, some restoration to head, else fine. Internally remarkably fresh and clean, only the faintest foxing to some leaves. 24,000 $ Remarkable 17th century Spanish manuscript guide to navigation; it incorporates 9 diagrams, 5 nautical charts and 1 volvelle in the second block of text. The volvelle is made up of three separate components, all in working condition, and is evidently the produce of someone acquainted with the making of such instruments: shows the position of the sun and moon in the zodiac for every day throughout the year, and is accompanied by fifteen pages of text. The manuscript may be divided in two parts: the first contains detailed instructions to navigators for a cruise in both Spanish waters and the furthermost Mediterranean shores. This consists of 215 rubricated leaves, divided into fourteen chapters, describing the voyage from Cape Finisterre to St. Vincent; thence to Barcelona, by way of Cadiz, Gibraltar and Cartagena. Much interesting information is included in this treatise, relating to contemporary conditions on the Riviera, Spanish vessels and navigation. The voyage continues along the French coast, from Marseilles to Genoa, by way of Monaco. From Naples “the world’s beauty spot”, the navigator proceeds to Cape Otranto, passing Gallipoli and its neighbouring ports. The writer then describes the cruise from Corfu to the Grecian Archipelago and the Island of Rhodes, then from Candia to Tripoli, the route from Tripoli to Oran thence back to Gibraltar via Tangier. The last part of the derrotero deals separately with the remaining Mediterranean Islands, the Balearics, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily and Malta. The second part of the volume is devoted to the nautical aspects of astronomy and astrology. In about fifteen short chapters, illustrated with nine manuscript diagrams and supplemented by various tables, the author discourses upon the uses of the compass; instruments for indicating the meridian line; Mediterranean cartography; the nocturnal and diurnal periods of star-rise for the year; and some lengthy notes on “curious points to be observed by those who navigate”. These include rules for determining the hours of the day and night, leap years and other recurrences. There are also rules and illustrations to assist the navigator to find the dominical letter; the epacts and lunar cycles and the lunar conjunctions. The condition is entirely genuine, and preserves its original binding. We have not been able to determine the author of the work, neither to associate it with any other navigational treatise. It is unlikely that it is translation, as it begins with Spain, and makes its way to deeper into the Mediterranean, and bears a distinguishable Spanish mark in the way it´s written. It is likely an original production by a learned navigator, experienced with the waters surrounding the Spanish coasts and the Mediterranean. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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