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The Seaman's Daily Assistant, being a short, easy and plain method of keeping a journal at sea
J. Crukshank, London, printed: Philadelphia, re-printed 1777 - (8 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches). [8], 160 pp. Minor losses reinstated. Expertly bound to style in half tree calf and period marbled paper covered boards First American edition: the first book on practical navigation printed in the United States. Haselden's Seaman's Daily Assistant was first published in London in 1757, and Adams and Waters record some 15 London and one Dublin editions prior to this very rare first American edition. Haselden is described on the title as "Late Teacher of Mathematics in the Royal Navy." The work includes a table of difference of latitude to each degree, instructions for working out position according to Mercator, tables of high water, the suns ascension and declination, and the positions of the stars, rules for laying a course, and other matters of great and practical nautical importance. His text was of a practical nature intended as a guide for sailors, which explains the work's rarity, as well as the fact that few extant copies are found complete or in good condition. ESTC lists copies in only 7 libraries; the last complete example to appear at auction sold in the Frank Streeter sale for $21,600 (Christie's New York, April 16, 2007, lot 258). "One of the earliest navigation manuals, if not the first, to carry an American imprint" (Campbell). Campbell, Practical Navigator, page 14; Evans 15360; Hildeburn 3555. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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