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    Re: Cross Staff in use, 1574 image
    From: Nicol�s de Hilster
    Date: 2009 Oct 19, 09:25 +0200

    Brad Morris wrote:
    > Thanks Nicolas.  "Mariner's Compass Rectified" by 1768, was certainly no 
    longer a first edition by any stretch.  Some digging last night made it an 
    edition dating from (at least by some accounts) 1633.  That makes the book 
    the anachronism!
    >   
    Information on the first edition  can be found in:
    Adams, T.R. and Waters, D.W., /English Maritime Books Printed Before 
    1801, Relating to Ships, Their Construction and Their Operation at Sea, 
    Including Articles in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal 
    Society and the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society/, 
    (Greenwich, 1995)
    On page 263 they wrote in a note on entry 3636:
    "Taylor assigns the first printing to 1633 on the basis of an 
    advertisement for this book on a preliminary leaf of Thomas James's 
    /Strange and Dangerous Voyage/ of that year. The only recorded copy of 
    the book to have the leaf is the Grenville copy ... Close study by N. 
    Baker shows that the leaf is inserted, possibly at the time Grenville 
    had the book bound about 1800. The date of the printing of the leaf is 
    not known but Baker feels that the style is post 1640 and could have 
    been as late as the 1660's. In any case it is not grounds for Taylor's 
    assignment of 1633 as date of first publication of this work."
    
    The earliest copy listed in above work by Adams and Waters dates from 
    1665. The book must have been quite popular as they listed no less than 
    58 editions up to 1796.
    
    Nicol�s
    
    
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