Monsieur de La Laune

Monsieur de La Laune

Logbook of ship L'Argonaute

Half velum in-quarto

1784-1786

21cm x 26.5cm

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A manuscript ship's log written by Monsieur de La Laune on board of the Argonaute, which was part of a military sqadron escorting shipping operations of the French West India Company. An exceptional account of the end of the XVIIIth century.

J. Jackson

J. Jackson

Spherics

Half calf in-quarto

C. 1820

21.5cm x 26.5cm

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Important English treaty of astronomy applied to navigation. The author conducts a complete and detailed study covering spherics, astronomy and lunars, richly illustrated by many drawings and schemes. 

Midshipman Stewart Magee Walker

Midshipman Stewart Magee Walker

HMS Commonwealth, Exe, Warrior and Hercules

Contemporary half calf

1909-1912

21cm x 32cm

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A fine set of illustrated logs in one volume with 7 ink and watercolour maps and charts, 45 technical profiles, many folding, and 5 printed documents all mounted in between the text. The logs describe activity along the coasts of England, Scotland and Spain during the pre-WWI years.

Guillaume Raynal & Rigobert Bonne

Guillaume Raynal & Rigobert Bonne

Atlas pour l'Histoire Philosophique

In-quarto contemporary full calf

Paris, 1780

21cm x 26cm

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Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre, dressé pour l'Histoire philosophique et politique des établissemens et du commerce des Européens dans les Deux Indes. Complete with its 50 maps by Bonne and 23 tables.

Vincenzo Maria Coronelli

Vincenzo Maria Coronelli

Celestial Globe Gores

65cm x 28cm (half gore)

First half of XXth century

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A fine set of 24 half gores by the Venetian cosmographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718), printed on uncut sheets from original copper plates and intended for a 110cm celestial globe (1688 edition). Each set also comprises 2 polar caps and the horizon ring in 8 sections.

Thomas Riley Blanckley

Thomas Riley Blanckley

A Naval Expositor

First edition

In-quarto modern half morocco

25cm x 20.5cm

1750

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A very good copy of this beautifully produced dictionary of naval terminology, giving a wonderful insight into the technicalities of eighteenth-century seamanship. Letterpress printed text, each page with engraved terms and over 300 illustrations in outer margin and 3 larger engravings in the text.

Johannes Blaeu

Johannes Blaeu

Novus Atlas Sinensis A Martino Martinio... 

Amsterdam, 1655

First Latin edition

Large Folio (565 x 365mm)

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Frontispiece and maps in contemporary publisher's hand-colouring, original binding. Blaeu's Novus Atlas Sinensis represents the first European Atlas of China. It remained the standard geographical work on China until the publication of D'Anville's Atlas de la Chine of 1773.

Vincenzo Maria Coronelli

Vincenzo Maria Coronelli

Terrestrial Globe Gores

65cm x 28cm (half gore)

First half of XXth century

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A fine set of 24 half gores by the Venetian cosmographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718), printed on uncut sheets from original copper plates and intended for a 110cm terrestrial globe (1688 edition). Each set also comprises 2 polar caps and the horizon ring in 8 sections.

Jan Jansz Stampioen & Martin Calm

Jan Jansz Stampioen & Martin Calm

Onderwys in ’t Regte Gebruyk van het Hemels-Plyn
Amsterdam, Jochem Hasebroek, c. 1722
49cm x 61.5cm

Extremely rare engraved celestial chart by Stampioen. Rotating printed paper volvelle on an off-centre axis to indicate the part of the sky visible at any date and time and to make a variety of celestial calculations, all for the Netherlands’ latitude of 52 degrees.

Georg Wolfgang Knorr

Georg Wolfgang Knorr

Deliciae Naturae Selectae…
Nuremberg, 1751–1767
First edition, 2 volumes
52.5cm x 36.5cm

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First edition of one of the finest colour-plate natural history books, illustrating specimens from the leading collections of Nuremberg. The plates depict mainly marine and zoological subjects, but also a number of fine depictions of minerals. It is often said that the beauty of these illustrations exceeds that of their models.