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Books Relating to Marine Navigation

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7079 . Brewington, M[arion]. V[ernon]. The Peabody Museum Collection of Navigating Instruments with Notes on Their Makers .
Click for larger imageSalem: Peabody Museum, 1963; First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , Black & White photographs , xii, 1-144, [55 plates], 147-154 pages. Condition: Near fine. No dust jacket.
     A vital reference on the subject with all of the important pieces in the collection being illustrated with excellent collotype plates. This is the original edition, which was limited to 1,000 copies. Brewington, then the curator of Maritime History at the Peabody Museum, includes not only detailed descriptions and photographs of the instruments, but biographical and historical notes on the makers and their firms as well TOY, #2583; ALBION, p. 79 (starred item). Bound in original charcoal grey cloth over boards with spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Prior owner's nautical bookplate on front pastedown, a few minor extremity rubs.  

Book #7079
$225.00    order or inquire Navigation scientific instruments astrolabes sextants octants Hadley's Quadrants sand glasses chronometers Seamanship

7487 . Burton, S. M. A Set of Nautical Tables for General Navigational Purposes .
London: George Philip & Son, Ltd., 1943; Third edition. Octavo, Full cloth , data tables , Approximately 300 pages. Condition: Very good.
     The focus is on ease of use, speed, and sufficiency without redundance. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board, minor edge wear, darkening to gilt on spine. Prior ownership stamp on bottom edge of textblock.  

Book #7487
$12.00    order or inquire Navigation Haversine tables Ex-meridian Sextant celestial Compass mercator bearing Traverse tables

10772 . [Chamberlain, Eugene Tyler, Commissioner of Navigation]. Laws of the United States relating to Navigation and the Merchant Marine: Part II of the Report of the Commissioner of Navigation to the Secretary of Commerce and Labor, 1907 .
Click for larger imageWashington: Government Printing Office, 1907; First printing. Octavo, Original cloth , 527 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     Effort was made to confine the contents of this volume to navigation law rather than customs law, for owners, masters, and agents of vessels. Separate sections relating to Vessels, Measurement, Documents of Vessels, Offices of Merchant Vessels, Merchant Seamen, Seaworthiness, Supplies, Log-Book, Passenger Act of 1882, Inspection of Steam Vessels, Rules to Prevent Collisions, Obstructions to Navigation, Wrecks, Opium Trade, Piracy, and much more. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with spine titled in gilt, upper and lower boards stamped in blind. Mild extremity rubs and wear, a few scattered silverfish nibbles toward lower edges of boards, light foxing to first and last few leaves and textblock edges. Overall a solid and sturdy copy.  

Book #10772
$35.00    order or inquire Navigation Maritime Law Merchant Marine Pirates Harbors Piloting rights of way neutrality Seamanship

7499 . Cotter, Charles H. The Complete Nautical Astronomer .
Click for larger imageLondon: Hollis & Carter, (1974); Second printing. Octavo, Hardcover , Diagrams , x, 336 pages. Condition: Good in a Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Authoritative text on nautical astronomy, including historical background, instruments and tables used, actual practice of nautical astronomy on shipboard, and more. Brings together all the essentials in a compact single volume illustrated with simple diagrams. Bound in teal-colored paper over boards with gilt-stamped spine, dark blue topstain. Minor rubs and shallow wrinkles to spine ends, top fore corners slightly bumped. Prior owner has neatly underlined in ink on several pages. Jacket has minor edge rubs and wear and a price sticker at lower corner of front flap with original price lined out.  

Book #7499
$35.00    order or inquire Navigation Celestial navigation Sextant Seamanship Greenwich Mean Time Longitude Latitude fixing a position Marine chronometers

11298 . Fonda, Gilbert C. and Hilliard L. Lubin. Marine Radar and How to Use It .
Click for larger imageChester, PA: Operational Radar Service Publications, (1970). Oblong folio, Comb binding , Diagrams , vi, 115 pages. Condition: Very good.
     Guide to radar operation and how to get the most from whatever equipment is on board your vessel. Written for the user, in plain seaman's language. Numerous diagrams, some color. Bound in light green paper covers bound at spine with plastic comb. Some mild stains to covers, interior clean.  

Book #11298
$25.00    order or inquire Navigation Radar Ships Seamanship plot lines charts maneuvering bearing collision

6021 . Letcher, John S., Jr. Self-Contained Celestial Navigation with H.O. 208, Including the Complete H.O. 208 Tables .
Click for larger imageCamden: International Marine Publishing Company, (1977); First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , Black and white drawings by the author , [x], 229 pages. Condition: Near Fine in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Very practical explanation and instruction built around J. Y. Dreisonstok's compact, 87 page 'Navigation Tables for Mariners and Aviators,' published as H.O. 208. Covers sextants, plotting tools, sight corrections, finding the time from a known position, navigation by pocket calculator, great-circle sailing, and much more. Bound in green cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine lettering. Minor extremity rubs. Jacket has a few shallow edge wrinkles.  

Book #6021
$30.00    order or inquire Navigation Sextant celestial navigation Sailors Sailing Seamanship Greenwich time Longitude Latitude

9087 . Owens, E. W. The A B C of Compass Adjustment. Being a Thorough Explanation in Simple Language of a Complex Problem .
Click for larger imageLondon: George Philip & Son, Ltd., 1913; Second Edition. Octavo, Original cloth , Diagrams, fold-out tables, some color , [viii], 60 pages. Condition: fine in a plain paper wrapper.
     Practical, basic discussion of magnetic forces in the earth and their effects upon compasses used aboard iron-made ships, and instruction on the necessary compensations. Well illustrated. Bound in dark blue textured cloth over boards with spine and upper board lettered in gilt. Mild fading to cloth and lettering along spine, lower fore corner of upper board is slightly bumped, shallow wrinkles at spine ends. The book is covered in what appears to be original plain paper protective wrapping folded over both boards and around spine.  

Book #9087
$35.00    order or inquire Navigation Magnetism Declination Compass orienteering Magnetic North North Pole ferrous metals Ships

10244 . Sheppard, Warren. Book of Sights Taken in Actual Practice at Sea, Specially Prepared for the Use of Yachtsmen .
Click for larger imageNew York: Rudder Publishing Company, 1909; First printing. Sixteenmo, Original cloth , data tables, ads , [5], ii, 57 pages. Condition: Near Fine.
     These sights consist of latitude by meridian altitude of the sun, moon and stars; latitude by the pole star at any hour of the night; longitude by chronometer time sight; longitude at sunrise and sunset; latitude and longitude by Sumner's method; and simple instructions for selecting logarithms. They were taken at sea on merchant vessels and on the yachts Tamerlane, Marchioness, and Hyperion. Part of the "Rudder ON Series," with publisher's advertising for the magazine and other books at rear. Bound in blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board, all edges of textblock gray, decorated endpapers. Boards show minor extremity wear, numeral in ink at top fore corner of front free endpaper, mild toning to textblock. Clean and sound overall.  

Book #10244
$35.00    order or inquire Navigation Longitude Sumner line chronometer sun sights Sextant polaris north star line of position

9105 . Taylor, E[va]. G[ermaine]. R[imington]. and M[ichael]. W. Richey. The Geometrical Seaman: A Book of Early Nautical Instruments .
Click for larger image(London): Hollis & Carter, 1962; First printing. Octavo, Hardcover , black & white photographs, diagrams , viii, 112 pages. Condition: Near Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     An interesting and well-illustrated study of the tools and methods of used by early mariners when out of sight of land. Examines early compasses, the use of charts and tide-tables, the development of the sextant and chronometer, etc., and reveals the relationship between practical seamanship, mathematics, and astronomy. Published for the Institute of Navigation. ALBION, p. 80 (starred item). Bound in textured dark blue paper over boards with gilt spine titles and gilt device on upper board. Small prior price in ink at top fore corner of front free endpaper.  

Book #9105
$75.00    order or inquire Navigation sextants chronometers celestial navigation position finding nautical instruments Mathematics Astronomy Seamanship

10479 . [Weems, Philip Van Horn]. Catalogue W-1: The Guiding Light of the Air and Sea .
Click for larger image[Annapolis]: Weems System of Navigation, [1945]. Quarto, Wrappers , black and white photographs , 24 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     The first catalogue of the Weems System of Navigation, the company founded by Capt. Philip Van Horn Weems to market his inventions, methods, and instructional materials on air and ocean navigation. This catalogue, produced during World War II, carries an apology for not being able to offer certain items to the public due to war restrictions. Covers have a few rubbed wrinkles and creases.  

Book #10479
$50.00    order or inquire Navigation Aerial Navigation marine navigation weems and plath Aviation World War II Sextant line of position star altitude curves

9403 . Whitney, Marvin E. The Ship's Chronometer .
Click for larger imageCincinnati: American Watchmakers Institute Press, (1985); First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , black and white photographs, illus. , viii, 499 pages. Condition: Very Good in a Near Fine Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A comprehensive and well-illustrated history of this most important of timekeepers. Many of the earlier books on the subject of chronometers deal with the products of a particular maker or company. Includes chapters on the origins of chronometry, different designs, making repairs, rare and unusual chronometers, American makers, and much more. Also includes a glossary, bibliography, and appendices. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with elaborate scene in gilt on upper board, spine titled in gilt. Prior owner embossed seal on front free endpaper, original bookseller label on rear pastedown. Errata sheet is pasted on verso of last page of index with some associated rippling to that leaf. Jacket shows only minor edge rubs. Clean and sound.  

Book #9403
$125.00    order or inquire Navigation chronometry chronometers horology timekeeping John Harrison Sextant Longitude precision instruments

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