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Bowditch, Nathaniel (1773-1838)
THE NEW AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR. NEWBURYPORT: EDMUND M. BLUNT FOR BROWN & STANSBURY, 1802
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Bowditch, Nathaniel (1773-1838)
THE NEW AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR. NEWBURYPORT: EDMUND M. BLUNT FOR BROWN & STANSBURY, 1802
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Bowditch, Nathaniel (1773-1838)
THE NEW AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR. NEWBURYPORT: EDMUND M. BLUNT FOR BROWN & STANSBURY, 1802
FIRST EDITION, 8vo (225 x 132mm.), folding "Chart of the Atlantic Ocean" and 7 engraved plates (one partially hand-coloured), numerous diagrams and tables, contemporary sheep, folding chart and one plate repaired, some browning and staining, slightly worn and rebacked 
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Provenance

bought from Joseph Felcone, Princeton, NJ, 2000

Literature

Tomash & Williams B216; John F. Campbell, History and bibliography of the New American practical navigator and the American coast pilot (Salem, 1964), pp.75-78 no. 3; Shaw & Shoemaker 1936; cf. Karpinski pp.142-143 (listing 7 other issues)

Catalogue Note

Variant issue, with the imprint "Newburyport (Mass), Edmund M. Blunt for Brown & Stansbury" and differing advertisements at end. No priority among the seven known variants of this first edition has been established.

"This work is often termed the greatest book in all navigation history, and it is certainly the chief American contribution to the science of navigation." (Daniel Elliott, Maritime history: a hand-list of the collection in the John Carter Brown Library (1474 to ca. 1860), Providence, RI 2005, p.42).

Intending to write a corrected edition of J.H. Moore's Practical Navigator, Bowditch found that such extensive revisions were necessary that the result was a new work.

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