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Author Name:    TAYLOR, E.G.R. COLLINS, K. St. B., foreword

Title:   Haven-Finding Art : A History of Navigation from Odysseus to Captain Cook. 2nd UK in dustjacket

Publisher:    Hollis & Carter, London, 1958, 

Seller ID:   17205

TAYLOR, E.G.R. The Haven-Finding Art : A History of Navigation from Odysseus to Captain Cook. With a Foreword by Commodore K. St. B. Collins. London :Hollis & Carter, (1958). Second Printing. [Dust jacket adds: First Cheap E dition]. Pp. (4),v-xii,(2),3-295,(1), frontispiece, + 18 p. of black and white plates. Illustrated. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Toy 2585. "How does the sailor set course for an unseen and distant landfall? How does he keep the ship's head so confidently pointed towards it? Even theseaman can hardly imagine how it was possible before the days of Captain C ook. Cook was the first to sail with full equipment of sextant, compass andchart, of chronometer and nautical almanac, which together enabled him to fix his position by sun and star. But on his first voyage he had had no chronometer; barely thirty years earlier the sextant had been a novelty, whilethe Vikings had crossed an ocean without either compass or chart. [...] In this book the haven-finding art is traced from its first crudities and dan gers, through one line of invention or line of advance after another, untilat last mathematical precision was reached." - from the dust jacket, Chapt ers: 1. Signs in the Sky; 2. The Surface and Floor of the Sea; 3. The Phoenicians and Greeks; 4. The Irish and Norsemen; 5. In the Mediterranean Sea; 6. In the Eastern and Western Oceans; 7. The Portuguese Pioneers; 8. The Errors of Compass and Plain Chart; 9. The English Awakening; 10. The True Chart; 11. The Longitude Solved. With bibliography and index. Very good in wrinkled, nicked, unclipped dust jacket. 60.00


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