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by Dideriot and D'Alembert
Diderot's Maritime Volume from the great Encyclopedia of he an d'Alembert. (Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century).
31.29€
by Robert Kipping
also Tables of Spars, Rigging, Blocks, Chain, Wire and Hemp Ropes, etc., relative to every class of vessel. 236 pages
17.86€
by Richard Henry Dana
A Treatise on Practical Seamanship; A Dictionary of Sea Terms; Customs and Usages of the Merchant Service; and Laws. 275 pages
20.55€
by Claude S. Gill
A "must-have" text for the serious modeler and anyone with a ship-of-the-line or a frigate. 300 pages
58.20€
by Darcy Lever
The first real seaman's manual. 255 pages
58.20€
by William Brady
Appertaining to the Practical Evolutions of Modern Seamanship, Rigging, Knotting, Splicing, Blocs, Purchases, Running-Rigging. 400 pages
58.20€
by Claude S. Gill
Their construction, equipment, etc. Being an abridged edition of the Falconer's celebrated Marine Dictionary. 202 pages
58.20€
by Henry Bond, Wm. Fisher & Edward Hayward
Rigging ships in 1670 -" the masting, yarding and rigging of any ship whose length, breadth and depth is known." 105 pages
31.34€
by Edmund Bushnell
Plainly & demonstratively teaching the proportions used by experienced shipwrights according to their custom of building. 76 pages
31.34€
MARINE (Pub. No. 32)
Dideriot and D'Alembert/Diderot's Maritime Volume from the great Encyclopedia of he an d'Alembert. (Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century).

Hardcover Elephant Folio

MARINE
a volume in L'Encyclopedie Diderot et D'Alembert

There was no better guide to the state of the art of all things in the early to middle part of the 18th century than this encyclopedia. A momentous work, it was later divided into a number of individual volumes, of which Marine treats of all aspects of ship building, ship handling and seamanship. The engravings alone are extraordinary; everything from blocks and rigging and the French Line of Battle,  to how to forge an anchor! In French.
Our edition restores the Elephant Folio (11" X 17") sizing of the original.

Dideriot and D'Alembert

31.29€
MASTING, MAST-MAKING, AND RIGGING OF SHIPS (Pub. No. 54)
Robert Kipping/also Tables of Spars, Rigging, Blocks, Chain, Wire and Hemp Ropes, etc., relative to every class of vessel. 236 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

MASTING, MAST-MAKING, AND RIGGING OF SHIPS
also
Tables of Spars, Rigging, Blocks, Chain, Wire and Hemp Ropes, etc.,
Relative to Every Class of Vessels
by Robert Kipping, Naval Architect

While the whole title of this work describes it as Rudimentary, this really refers to the dictionary definition in use at the time of "referring to first principles" rather than our modern usage of half-hearted, mediocre and basic. While substantially smaller in size than Steel  it still contains all the information necessary for you to properly spar than 48-gun frigate you've been dreaming of! Many tables for sizing and numerous woodcuts, many of them applicable to the small, traditional cruising cutter. Numerous woodcut illustrations.  Kippings other seminal work is Sails and Sailmaking.

Robert Kipping, 236 pages

17.86€
SEAMAN'S FRIEND, THE (Pub. No. 55)
Richard Henry Dana/A Treatise on Practical Seamanship; A Dictionary of Sea Terms; Customs and Usages of the Merchant Service; and Laws. 275 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

THE SEAMAN'S FRIEND
by Richard Henry Dana

As d'Arcy Lever and Steel did for the 18th century, so does Dana for the 19th! Best known of course for his seminal work Two Years Before the Mast(see below), Dana was a consummate seaman. This little volume must have been in the pocket or sea-bag of every young man who went to sea in the 19th century. It is divided into three parts; A Plain Treatise on Practical Seamanship, (with a good Dictionary of Sea Terms,) Customs and Usages of the Merchant Service and Laws Relating to the Practical Duties of Master and Mariners. All good info to have if you are ever captured by a press gang or forced to take the "King's shilling!" First published in 1841.

Richard Henry Dana, 275 pages

20.55€
STEEL'S ELEMENTS OF MASTMAKING, SAILMAKING AND RIGGING (Pub. No. 56)
Claude S. Gill/A "must-have" text for the serious modeler and anyone with a ship-of-the-line or a frigate. 300 pages

Hardcover Elephant Folio

STEEL'S ELEMENTS OF MASTMAKING, SAILMAKING AND RIGGING
edited by Claude S. Gill

A reprint of the 1794 edition with five very large pocketed plates. An essential reference to the ship modeler and all who love early square rig. Every conceivable aspect of rigging and sails is covered here, including a number of tables for the dimensions of the standing and running rigging. There is also an excellent section with very fine engravings of all known types of sailing vessels at the time; including many that are rare indeed, and many from Asia and the Pacific. Those of you who read and treasure Patrick O'Brien will find this work a ready reference for rig and ship types. First published in 1794.
Publisher's Note: Our reprint restores the Elephant Folio (11" X 17") sizing of the original volume which was reduced in the 1932 reprint which has been out of print for some years.

Claude S. Gill, 300 pages

58.20€
YOUNG SEA OFFICER'S SHEET ANCHOR, THE (Pub. No. 57)
Darcy Lever/The first real seaman's manual. 255 pages

Hardcover Elephant Folio

THE YOUNG SEA OFFICER'S SHEET ANCHOR
by Darcy Lever

Ours is a reprint of the second edition of 1819. Here's some fullsome praise from one of the introductions contemporary to the period. “This is certainly the most  complete Representation of all the Mechanical Operations of Seamanship, which has yet appeared.--The Author has accurately delineated in One Hundred and Eleven large Quarto Plates, containing Five Hundred and Eighty-seven Figures, all the different parts of the Rigging, the various Positions of the Ship, Sails, Shrouds, Masts, Yards, Tackles, Ropes, Cables, Anchors, Buoy, Compass, &c. &c. with ample directions for splicing Ropes, making Sails, &c.--the Engravings are neatly executed, and are very creditable to the Talents of Messrs. Butterworth, of Leeds.--This Key to Rigging and Seamanship will also be useful to Ship-owners, as well a the young Midshipmen of his Majesty's Navy.” (Anti-Jacobin Review). An obvious companion volume to Steel.
Publisher's Note: Our reprint features elephant folio (11 X 17) sizing to maintain good legibility in the plates. Previous reprints have all reduced these.

Darcy Lever, 255 pages

58.20€
KEDGE ANCHOR OR YOUNG SAILOR'S ASSISTANT, THE (Pub. No. 96)
William Brady/Appertaining to the Practical Evolutions of Modern Seamanship, Rigging, Knotting, Splicing, Blocs, Purchases, Running-Rigging. 400 pages

Hardcover Elephant Folio

THE KEDGE-ANCHOR
or, Young Sailor's Assistant
Appertaining to the Practical Evolutions of Modern Seamanship,
Rigging, Knotting, Splicing, Blocks, Purchases, Running-Rigging,
and other Miscellaneous Matters, Applicable to Ships of War and Others.
by William Brady, Sailing Master, U.S.N.

Here's the young American Navy's answer to d'Arcy Lever . First published just a few years after Lever's ground-breaking work, this no-nonsense volume is in many ways more complete and comprehensive than Lever's. In addition, while providing much practical advice it also includes many of the tables found in Steele. It's a good combination of the two, though not as well illustrated as the Lever book, and not as far-reaching in other sail rigs and ship types as Steel. From the preface: In offering the following work to the public, the author deems no apology necessary, as it was written for the use of the Naval and Merchant Service of the United States, as a ready means of introducing Young Sailors to the theory of that art by which they must expect to advance in the profession they have chosen. . . Should it fall into the hands of the learned, they will bear in mind that he is better versed with the marlinespike  than the pen, and that it was composed in the hours of relaxation from official duties. Like Lever's book, there are laudatory reviews in the first pages. One of them;This I conceive to be a valuable work, and well calculated to be useful to the Service"., Joshua R. Sands, Commander U.S. Navy. First published in 1849.
Publisher's Note: Our reprint restores the elephant folio (11"   X 17") sizing of the original volume which was reduced in the 1932 reprint which has been out of print for some years.

William Brady, 400 pages

58.20€
OLD WOODEN WALLS, THE (Pub. No. 282)
Claude S. Gill/Their construction, equipment, etc. Being an abridged edition of the Falconer's celebrated Marine Dictionary. 202 pages

Hardcover Elephant Folio

THE OLD WOODEN WALLS
Their Construction, Equipment, etc., Being an Abridged Edition of
Falconer's Celebrated Marine Dictionary.
Edited and Arranged with an Introduction
by Claude S. Gill (Masteer Mariner)

Falconer of course, was not only a great poet of the sea but the compiler of one of the first practical compilation of informations on seafaring. From the Preface to the First Edition--The following work has engaged my utmost application for some years. Several performances on the same subject have already appeared; as Sir H. Manwaring’s "Seaman’s Dictionary"; Boteler’s "Sea Dialogues"; Guillet’s "Gentleman’s Dictionary", and Blanckley’s "Naval Expositor", etc. Far from exhibiting an enlarged and comprehensive view of naval affairs, these productions are extremely imperfect, according. to the very circumscribed plan which their authors have adopted. There are besides, the "Dictionaire de Marine" of M. Aubin, published in Holland; and that of M. Saverien, published in France. These are indeed voluminous, but very deficient in the most necessary articles. Besides a circumstantial detail of the local economy of different marine departments, they are swelled out with astronomy, navigation, hydrography, natural history, etc., all of which are abundantly better treated in other compositions. Of the machinery of a ship; the disposition of the rigging on her masts and yards; and the comparative force of her different mechanical powers, their accounts however are often vague, perplexed, and unintelligible. With regard to her internal government in action; to the general regulations of the line of battle; and to the principle movements in sailing, they are almost totally silent. Had any of these works been executed with tolerable success, it might have rendered mine unnecessary; or probably have introduced it in the form of a translation. This undertaking was first suggested to me by my worthy and ingenious friend George Lewis Scott, Esq.; who considered it as a work of extensive utility. indeed, in a country whose principal sources of strength are derived from the superiority of her marine, it is evidently wanted. I have the pleasure also to know that Sir Edward Hawke, and several officers of respectable abilities in our navy, are of the same opinion. To this may be added, what the celebrated M. Du Hamel lately observed, in a letter to me, “ Ce livre man quoit absolument; celul qui a imprimé en Hollande, et qui a eu un debit considerable, est très imparfait: celui de M. .Saverien est encore plus mauvais.” I mention this expressly, because some sea-officers have considered the work unnecessary. It is however submitted, with all possible deference, to superior judges; to men of science and letters, who know the difficulty of explaining the parts of a mechanical system, when the readers are unacquainted with the subject.--WILLIAM FALCONER

Claude S. Gill, 202 pages

58.20€
BOATSWAIN'S ART, OR COMPLETE BOATSWAIN, THE (Pub. No. 284)
Henry Bond, Wm. Fisher & Edward Hayward/Rigging ships in 1670 -" the masting, yarding and rigging of any ship whose length, breadth and depth is known." 105 pages

Hardcover Elephant Folio

THE BOATSWAIN'S ART, or THE COMPLETE BOATSWAIN
by >Henry Bond, Teacher of Navigation, Surveying, and other parts of the Mathematicks, near Ratcliff-Cross.  The Scale is made in Brass or Wood by Joseph Hone on Tower-Wharf.
Wherin is shewed a true Proportion for the Masting, Yarding,a nd Rigging of any Ship, whose Length, Breadth, and Depth is known: with Rules for the Sizes and Lengths of all sorts of Rigging that belongs to any Ship. Also the use of an opening Scale, that if the length of the Main Mast be put upon it with a pair of Compasses, you may measure upon the Scale the Lengths and Thickness of all the other Masts and Yards; and also the Sizes, the Lengths and the number of Fathoms of every Size for the Rigging of any Ship, without altering the Scale. Also here is added a Plain and Easie Rule for Rigging andy Ship by the Length of its own Masts and Yards. London, Printed by W. Godbid, for William Fisher at the Postern-Gate near Tower-Hill, and Benjamin Hurlock over against St. Magnus-Church on London-Bridge near Thmes-Street. 1670

So goes the title page for this substantive and influential early work on ship-building, rigging and management, originally published in1670. Our reprint retains the type style and form of the original and is completely reset in that style, with the exception of the extender "s'ses", e.g., (from above) "Wherein is fhewed a true Proportion for the Mafting, Yarding, and Rigging of any Ship, whofe . . . etc." All other seventeenth century attributes and spelling are retained however. An example of the original title page and that of our reprint is shown below. Included in the compilation are "A Plain and Easie Rule" (1676) as mentioned above and also "The Sizes and Lengths of Rigging for all His Majesties Ships and Frigats." (1660)

Henry Bond, Wm. Fisher & Edward Hayward, 105 pages

31.34€
COMPLETE SHIPWRIGHT, THE (Pub. No. 285)
Edmund Bushnell/Plainly & demonstratively teaching the proportions used by experienced shipwrights according to their custom of building. 76 pages

Hardcover Elephant Folio

THE COMPLEAT SHIP-WRIGHT
by Edmund Bushnell, Ship-Wright
Plainly and Demonstratively Teaching the Proportions used by Experienced Ship-Wrights, according to their Custome of Building; both Geometrically and Arithmetically performed. To which is added, Certain Propositions in Geometry, the use of a Diagonall Scale, to draw a Draught, with the Making, Graduating, or Marking of a Bend of Moulds,and ordering of the same. The Extraction of the Square Root with A Table of Squares. Also, a way of Rowing of Ships, by heaving at the Capstane, usefull in any Ship Becalm'd; with other things usefull in that Art. Printed by W. Layborn for George hurlock, and are to be sold at his Shop at Magnus Church corner in Thams-Street, neer London-Bridge, 1664.

So goes the title page for this substantive and influential early work on ship-building, originally published in1664. Our reprint retains the type style and form of the original and is completely reset in that style, with the exception of the extender "s'ses", e.g., (from above) Plainly and Demonftratively Teaching the Proportions ufed by Experienced Ship-Wrights, according to the Cuftome of Building; etc. All other seventeenth century attributes and spelling are retained however. An example of the original title page and that of our reprint is shown below.

Edmund Bushnell, 76 pages

31.34€
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