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Tiphys batavus, sive histiodromice, de navium cusribus, et re navali.
Leiden: Elzevier 1624 - FIRST EDITION, woodcut printer’s device on title, diagrams in text, 3 engraved plates, the chart just shaved at fore-margin, a trifle browned in places, minor damp-staining, pp. [lx], 109, [i], 62, [1], 4to, contemporary or near-contemporary deerskin, gilt and blind ruled borders on sides, spine gilt in compartments, lettered in gilt direct in top compartment, blue edges, spine faded and defective at top and tail, ownership inscriptions and notes in French and Dutch on flyleaves (see below), the Macclesfield copy, with blindstamp, and the book-plate on verso of errata leaf at end, good An unusually well got-up copy of Snell’s important work, ‘foreshadow[ing] the differential triangle of Pascal and later mathematicians’ (DSB). This copy is enhanced by substantial early annotations, and a triple seventeenth-century provenance. The first ownership inscription, on the title-page, is of Christopher Plass, dated Leiden 1671, followed by the record of his giving it to Benjamin de Munchausen of The Hague in 1675; a third inscription on the fly-leaf records its acquisition in 1698.At the front of the volume, on the paste-down and fly-leaf (a second fly-leaf has been torn out), is a detailed answer to the question of how much it would cost to build a ship of 72 feet length, with costs for for all materials, equipment, and labour, concluding (‘mon avis’) that it could be done in France, but cheaper in Holland. 3 pages of notes in Dutch at the end, apparently in the same hand, are on navigational problems. (Willems 224; Norman 1964)
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