Havana: Imprenta de R. Oliva, 1839. 49,pp. including printed tables and a single woodcut diagram on final printed page. Later 19th-century wrappers, with original rear blue wrapper bound in. Wrappers moderately browned and soiled, front wrapper with author, title, and place and year of publication inscribed in a later 19th-century hand. Original rear blue wrapper detached from text block and attached to rear pastedown. Titlepage soiled, ownership inscription in pencil. Ink inscription (ownership initials?) on p.. A good copy. Item #WRCAM37766
An extremely rare mid-19th-century Cuban maritime manual consisting of various formulas for calculating longitude, with accompanying lunar tables employed in the process of determining location at sea. In the prologue the author writes that his intention is to ease the work of navigators by presenting in one "little work" the various methods needed for calculating the true distance between the sun and the moon from which true longitude could be obtained. Vivó, identified simply as "el piloto particular" on the titlepage, later served as Mexican Consul in Havana and in Spain. His TRATADO CONSULAR was published in Mexico in 1850, and his MEMORIAS, recounting his service in Spain between 1853 and 1855, was published in Madrid in 1856. An extremely rare maritime manual printed in Havana. Cited only in Palau; not on OCLC. PALAU 372218.