DE VENTIS ET NAVIGATIONE LIBELLVS AVTTORE MICHAELE ANGELO BLONDO INQVO NAVIGATIONIS VTILISSIMA CONTINETVR DOCTRINA CVM PIXIDE NOUO, & DILIGENTE EXAMINE VENTORUM ET TEMPESTATUM.

[Venice: Apud Cominum de Tridino Montisferrati, 1546]. 18 leaves, including in-text illustrations. Small quarto. Modern brown morocco, gilt-lettered spine. Minute toning. Bookseller's label on front pastedown, old library label on verso of front free endpaper. Contemporary manuscript ownership inscription on titlepage. Contemporary underscoring on verso of third text leaf. Very good. Item #WRCAM33779

The true first edition of Biondo's text. According to EUROPEAN AMERICANA, a purported 1544 edition (Sabin 5517) is a ghost. "The latter parts of this book, titled 'Nove navigationis doctrina' and 'De navigatione oceani ad novum orbem,' treat new methods used in navigation" - Bell. Chapter XXV discusses the New World in particular, focusing on the polar regions and their magnetic attributes. The several charts show cardinal directions, meridians, and more. A fundamental early treatise on navigation, and quite rare. No copies appear in auction records. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 546/3. SABIN 5518. HARRISSE 274. JCB (3)I:144. MAGGS BIBLIOTHECA AMERICANA 429:3955. BELL B279. OCLC 29524787, 31886478

Price: $11,000.00

Early Navigation Guide to the Americas