Lot 87 of 175:
The New American Practical Navigator w/map and plates 1807  

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The New American Practical Navigator; Being an Epitome of Navigation; Containing all the Tables Necessary to be used with the Nautical Almanac, in Determining the Latitude; and the Longitude by Lunar Observations; and Keeping a Complete Reckoning at Sea; Illustrating by Proper Rules and Examples; the Whole Exemplified in a Journal, Kept from Boston to Madeira, in Which all the Rules of Navigation are Introduced....

Bowditch, Nathaniel

Newburyport, MA

Edmund M. Blunt for Nathaniel Dearborn

May, 1807


679, [1] pp. With 11 copper-engraved plates, including the folding frontispiece Chart of the North Atlantic and adjacent land masses. (8vo) 22.5x13 cm (9x5¼"), period calf re-backed with modern calf, gilt ruled spine, morocco spine label lettered in gilt. Second Edition.

Second edition, expanded from the 1802 first edition, which was noted by Howes as the "First accurate navigator's guide." This copy with the bookplate of Joseph S. Elkington.

Nathaniel Bowditch had in 1799 issued a revised American edition of J.H. Moore's The Practical Navigator (London: 1772), and in this third revision found so many errors that, upon correcting them, renamed the work and assumed authorship himself. An immensely popular and significant work, ten editions appeared in Bowditch's lifetime, and numerous reprints and editions have appeared since. Howes B657; (Streeter 3967).

Lot Amendments

Rubbing to extremities, corner tips worn; early ownership inscriptions on blanks at front and rear; interior sound with toning and foxing to leaves and plates, early ownership signature on verso of map bleeds through other side; a solid copy; very good.

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