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The Whole Art of Navigation; in Five Books: Containing I. The Principles of Navigation and Geometry. II. The Principles of Astronomy. III. The Practical Part of Navigation. IV. The Description and Use of such instruments, as are useful in taking Observations at Sea, and therein, the Use of a large new Sinical Quadrant, performing with more exactness than any yet extant, all Questions relating to Navigation; rendered so easie as to be understood by the meanest Capacity. V. Useful Tables in Navigation, wherein those of the Suns and Stars Declination and Right Ascension, &c. are newly calculated. The whole delivered in a very easie and familiar Stile, by way of Dialogue between a Tutor and his Scholar; approved by the ablest Mathematicians
- Engraved frontis., two folding engraved charts, six engravings in the text, and numerous woodcut diagrams & illus. in the text. 10 p.l., 199, 100-124, 121-152, 253-311, [1], 128, 113-131 pp. [and quite complete]. 4to, cont. black morocco by the Charles Mearne bindery (short crack at foot of upper joint, faint dampstain in lower outer corner to first 50 leaves), sides panelled in gilt, inner panel with roll-tooled floral pattern, the corners surmounted with floral & vase devices, spine richly gilt, a.e.g. London: Printed for the Author, 1685. First edition and very rare; ESTC locates only the Huntington and Yale copies in North America. This is a fine and fresh copy in a binding from the Charles Mearne bindery, using a number of tools which can be traced to the Mearne bindery (see Nixon, English Restoration Bookbindings (1974), plates 17, 30, 31, 33, and 34). "Captain Newhouse gives a clear and comprehensive account of navigational practise in his day, including the astronomical tables then in use, but he prints the faulty tables of the sun's parallax published by Tycho Brahe and Philip Lansberg, giving values up to 2 and 3 minutes, whereas it has been shown to be a matter of seconds only (correctly 8 sec.), as well as the tables of refraction by the same two astronomers which had been improved upon. He gives an engraving of the sinical quadrant, which with the astrolabe, cross-staff, Davis's Quadrant (i.e. backstaff) and the astronomical ring are the instruments recommended."-Taylor, The Mathematical Practitioners of Tudor & Stuart England 1485-1714, 443. This was a successful book with at least four editions through 1718. Nice copy. Minor wear and a slight tear in inner blank margin of frontispiece. Signature of "David Barclay 1731" on title and repeated on rear free endpaper. Bookplate of the Institution of Naval Architects, Scott Library. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc.]
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