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EXTRAORDINARY ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT OF HOW TO NAVIGATE THE WORLD
Albany (London), England, dated 1805. Over 260 pages beautifully hand written/precisely hand drawn by John Taylor, Jr. Ink and watercolors on woven paper. This not a journal, rather a sophisticated, comprehensive treatise to inform how to sail the world, including sample problems in geometry, trigonometry, geography, sailing (including plain, traverse, compound, oblique, windward, current, parallel, mid-latitude, mercations, circle), finding the latitude of a ship, rules for keeping a journal at sea, how to measure distances and heights from objects on land from sea, the latitude/longitude of every seaport in the world, and too much more to list. Throughout, Mr. Taylor has included sketches and colorful illustrations to help communicate concepts, highlighted by a striking watercolor of the Mariner's Compafs (note long S in compass). Clearly he was an exceptionally educated man and experienced sailor. Excellent condition including original worn, marbled-board covers. The binding has failed vertically in its middle yet most pages continue to hold. Interior pages are in superb condition without water damage. Measures about 15 inches tall x 11 wide by 1 1/4 thick. An opportunity to enter a time-machine and understand from a first-hand account how the English sailed the world. More images, and high resolution, available.
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