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Extensively illustrated guide to seamanship

COMTE, Pieter le.
Praktikale zeevaartkunde en theoretische kennis, voor handel en scheepvaart.
Amsterdam, widow of Gerard Hulst van Keulen, 1842. 2 parts in 1 volume. Large 4to (27 x 25 cm). With numerous tables in text and 121 engraved plates (numbered I-CXX plus LIII A), showing 684 numbered illustrations (1 coloured by hand) all engraved by D. Veelwaard after drawings by Le Comte. Modern brown morocco.
€ 1,500
First edition of the minute and extensively illustrated guide to seamanship by the former navigating officer Pieter le Comte (1802-1849), who was attached to the Amsterdam maritime academy, and also active as a maritime draughtsman. He published several maritime works, including a series of 50 maritime prints with descriptions titled Afbeeldingen van schepen en vaartuigen (1831). The present guide extensively treats all practical and theoretical aspects of ships: anchors, cargo, insurance, knots, navigation, rigging, sails, vocabulary, weights & measurements, etc.
With owner's inscription. Title-page thumbed, some soiling, thumbing and water stains (especially in plates part) and small tear in p. 304. Despite its apparently extensive use, still a good copy of this classic guide to seamanship.
Cat. NHSM, p. 757; NCC (9 copies); Van Keulen et al., "In de Gekroonde Lootsman" (1989), p. 57; for Le Comte: Scheen, p. 97.
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