[Seville. 1766]. ,411,,pp. plus one engraved folding plate and seven folding engraved plates. 16mo. Later marbled calf, gilt ruled, leather spine label, all edges painted yellow. Light wear to edges and spine extremities. Internally clean. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM54305
The rare first edition of this mid-18th-century Spanish navigation manual, with an eighty-six page table of latitudes and longitudes for coastal locations in Spain and throughout Spanish America. The work includes both theoretical and practical information for mariners based on the courses taught by Barreda at the Royal Seminary of San Telmo and the author's additional service for the Carrera de Indias and the Universidad de Mareantes. Astronomy, geography, climatology, cartography, and other sciences are discussed, particularly in relation to the practical aspects of navigation. The seven folding engraved plates, consisting of fifty separate numbered figures, supplement the information provided in the text. MARINERO INSTRUIDO is dedicated to Pedro Gonzalez Telmo, the Patron Saint of mariners. In his honor, the volume includes a finely engraved illustration of the Saint (with a ship in his left hand, a candle in his right hand) and a five page dedication in verse which ends in an acrostic with the first letter of each line spelling out the phrase "A S S PEDRO GONSALEZ TELMO. A final touch of expressive Spanish typography is found at the end of the text where the concluding phrase "LAUS DEO" is set in various permutations, forward and backward, in the shape of a diamond. A rare mid-18th-century Spanish maritime manual. Only three copies are located in North America, at the University of Montreal, the National Library of Mexico, and the John Carter Brown Library. This first edition was followed by second and third editions printed in 1786 and 1796 respectively. PALAU 24607. CRONE 558. ENSAYO DE BIBLIOGRAFÍA MARÍTIMA ESPAÑOLA 252.