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HALE, Thomas (17th century). An Account of Several New Inventions and Improvements...Relating to Building of our English Shipping, Planting of Oaken Timber...Apportioning of Public TaxesThe Conservancy of our Royal Rivers, in particular that of the Thames...The proceedings relating to the Mill'd Lead Sheathing...Also A Treatise of Naval Philosophy...by Sir Willm. Petty.... London: printed for James Atwood, 1691.
Two parts in one, 12o (148 x 87 mm). License leaf preceding title. (Lacking the two folding tables, b11 with small rust hol.) Contemporary speckled calf gilt, covers with gilt arms of William Russell (rubbed, rebacked, spine newly gilt. Provenance: William Russell, First Duke of Bedford, 1616-1700 (arms on binding); Evelyn Philip Shirley of Eatington (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of an impassioned plea for the maritime future of the British empire, specifically calling for the universal introduction of milled lead for the sheathing of ship bottoms, the planting of oaks for masts and timber and other innovations. Wing H-265.
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