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DECHALES, Claude-François Milliet (1621-1678). L'art de naviger demontré par principes & confirmé par plusieurs observations tirées de l'experience. Paris: Estienne Michallet, 1677.
4o (239 x 176 mm). Folding plate (old reinforcement on verso) and woodcuts in text, tables at end, some folding. (Some occasional pale browning.) Contemporary French sheep, spine gilt (rubbed and worn, lacking front free endpaper). Provenance: De Laugier (signature on title); William Edward May (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. Dechales's text outlines, with ample illustrations, the practical principles of navigation and includes an introductory chronological bibliography of the subject in the preliminary leaves. Included are references to Simon Stevin, Snell, Fournier, Riccioli, Schott, Zamorano, Apianus and García de Céspedes. RARE: RLG lists copies only in the Bell Collection, University of Minnesota; Smithsonian Institution; Harvard; Linda Hall Library; and NYPL. American Book Prices Current records no copies in at least 30 years. Bell D93.
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