Rare first edition book on navigation treatise, from the Earls of Macclesfield library with manuscript additions, titled "Tiphys Batavus, sive histiodromice, de navium cursibus, et re navali". (1624)

Earl of Macclesfield's Copy

1624 Navigation Treatise

Date: 1624

SNELLIUS, Willebrord Title: Tiphys Batavus, sive histiodromice, de navium cursibus, et re navali. [Tiphys Batavus, or Histiodromice, a Ship's Navigational Course, and Naval Matters] Lugduni Batavorum [near Leiden]: ex Officinâ Elzeviriana, 1624. Rare First Edition from the Earls of Macclesfield library. 4to. 227 pages, plus title pages and 3 full page engraved plates. [the body of the work features an 8 page preface, 48 page introductory lecture, 109 page treatise, 62 pages of logarithm charts]. Further in-text woodcut diagrams, data tables and mathematical calculations appear throughout. Text is in Latin. Two ownership signatures to title page, first of Christophorus Plassius and made at Leiden in 1671, secondly of Benjamin von Munchausen dated The Hague 1675 who received the volume from Plassius. Also with the manuscript shelfmark, blind embossment, and 1860 bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield. Detailed manuscript inscriptions and to front pastedown and rear endpapers, some by Plassius, some by a French shipbuilder. Contemporary sheepskin binding, blindstamp and gilt borders, four raised bands and gilt title to spine. Provenance: From the Shirburn Castle library of the Earls of Macclesfield, previously owned by Fellows of the Royal Society

Some splitting at spine with indication of early professional repair, otherwise in Very Good Original Condition.


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