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Auction 158, Lot 456


"[Lot of 2] The Rutters of the Sea - The Sailing Directions of Pierre Garcie... [and] The Charting of the Oceans - Ten Centuries of Maritime Maps",

Subject: References

Period: 1967-96 (published)



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A. The Rutters of the Sea - The Sailing Directions of Pierre Garcie - A Study of the First English and French Printed Sailing Directions with Facsimile Reproductions, by D.W. Waters, published 1967, black & white (9.3 x 11.9"). This study of the first English and French printed sailing directions (rutters) includes facsimile reproductions of three examples and a transcription of the oldest known surviving English manuscript sailing directions. There is also a review of the origins and compilation of pilot books. With 15 illustrations of charts, maps (some folding), photos of early navigational aids, 5 appendices of tidal phenomena, time and tidal calculations of early mariners, extensive glossary of 15th and 16th century hydrographic terms, modern sailing terms, bibliography, index to the introduction. 478 pp. Hardbound in blue buckram embossed with a compass rose on front cover and gold lettering on spine, with an illustrated dust jacket. Condition: Contents very good with light scattered foxing on the fore-edge of the text, not visible when flipping through the pages. There is minor shelf wear to the covers. The dust jacket has damp stains along the spine, moderate shelf wear, and several pieces of tape repairing numerous short tears. (B+)

B. The Charting of the Oceans - Ten Centuries of Maritime Maps, by Peter Whitfield, published 1996, printed color (10.7 x 11.6"). This handsome and well written history is about the sea chart in exploration, navigation, and war. Beautifully illustrated in color throughout. 136 pp. Hardbound in blue buckram with gilt title on the spine and a pictorial dust jacket. Condition: Contents tight and covers near fine. The interior of the dust jacket is sunned across the top, with some minor shelf wear. (A)



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Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $25

Closed on 6/22/2016