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Title: Traité du navire, de sa construction, et de ses mouvemens. ... de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, ci-devant Hydrographe du Roy au Port du Croisic & au Havre de Grace.
Description: Paris, Chez Jombert, Libr. du Roy, 1746. 4to. W. woodc. vignet on title, 3 engr. chapter headings ['Chedel Sculpsit.'], some woodc. head- tail pieces, 12 engr. folding pls. at the end. Contemp. full marbled clf., spine in 6 compartments, elaborately gilt. (Spine ends damaged, upper outer hinge weakening, edges some rubb./dam.). [a4 - e4, A - 4Q4, 4R3].(XL, 682, IV (Errata & Privilege) pp.). (Some marginal annotations in pencil). First edition. DSB II, 343/4: 'The son of Jean Bouguer, royal professor of hydrography, ... was a prodigy who at the age of 15, upon the death of his father, applied for and obtained the professorship. He quickly became the leading French theoretical authority on all things nautical... in 1731 ... he was sent, with la Condamine, Louis Godin and Joseph de Jusieu, on the celebrated expedition to Peru that was to measure the arc of the meridian near the equator. ... Apart from the main geodetic program he did an astonishing amount of other scientific work, measuring the dilation of various solids, ... investigating the phenomena of atmospheric refraction and the measurements of heights with the barometer, devising a new type of ship's log ... His work on naval architecture and navigation produced 'Traité du navire (1746) ... .': Biogr. Univ. II, 52: Pogg. I, 254: Darmstädter 188 'Pierre Bouguer veröffentlicht sein Werk "Traité de navire" , welches als die eigentliche Grundlage des theoretischen Schiffbaues anzusehen ist.': Polak, 1050: Cat. NHSM vol. II, 747: Maggs, Bibl. Nautica I, 269: Clean and wide margined copy of Bouguer's classic on the construction of ships. The folding pls., unsigned, depict the structure of the hull (1-3), anchors, windlasses; the ship afloat, principle problems of manouvering, etc.

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Price: EUR 1250.00 = appr. US$ 1358.56 Seller: Antiquariaat B.M.Israel B.V.
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