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ATKINSON, James (fl. 1667--1715)
[Epitome of navigation. 2707]
Epitome of the art of navigation; or, a short and easy way to become a compleat navigator. Containing practical geometry, plain and spherical, superficial and solid; with its uses in all kinds of mensurations. Trigonometry, plain and spherical, both geometrical, instrumental, logarithmical, with its uses in navigation, viz. in plain, Mercator's, and great circle sailing. Geography. Astronomy. The projection of the sphere, &c. The description and use of the plain chart, Mercator's chart, both globes, hemispheres, and divers other instruments. A new form of keeping a sea-reckoning, or account of a ship's way. A traverse table; a table of meridional parts; a table of 10,000 logarithms, and logarithmical sines, tangents and secants, carefully corrected. By James Atkinson, teacher of the mathematicks.
London: printed for Rich. Mount, and the author, 1707.
318, [2], 135, [1] p., 10 fold. pl. : tables ; 19.1 cm. (8º)

Henry Gellibrand's popular Epitome of navigation was first published posthumously in 1674; it was corrected and enlarged by Atkinson in 1701 and further revised for the present edition, the first to omit the name of Gellibrand from the title (Preface, dated January 24th, 1706/7). The 'Table Of Logarithms' has a divisional half-title and separate pagination but continuous register. With a list of 'Books of Navigation, printed for Richard Mount' on the verso of the half-title, and an advertisement for Atkinson's lessons in mathematical sciences on the verso of the title-page. ESTC n45729.

Copy Notes Imperfect; volvelle on last plate missing. Inscribed on verso of first rear free end-paper in ink George Wyatt / His Book Octoder [sic] / the 9 1710, and George in pencil on recto of second rear free-endpaper; and in pencil on the verso of second rear free-endpaper and on the rear pastedown, Phillipio Wyatt.

Binding C18th sheep, blind panels.

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