5 April 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 3,250
Estimate USD 800 - USD 1,200
POITTEVIN, H. Description et usage de l’octant, pour les marins. Marseille: Antoine Favet, 1756.
4° (205 x 158 mm). Errata leaf at end. One folding plate. Contemporary red morocco gilt, wide gilt-dentelle border on covers.
PRESUMED FIRST EDITION. No other edition of this scarce work on the operation of the octant is recorded. Not in Polak or Quérard, and no copies have appeared at auction in at least 50 years according to the online databases.
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