Oct 16, 2018 - Sale 2488

Sale 2488 - Lot 251

Price Realized: $ 55,000
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Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
GONZÁLEZ CABRERA BUENO, JOSÉ. Navegación Especulativa, y Práctica, con la Explicación de algunos Instrumentos, que están mas en Uso en los Navegantes [etc.]. 13 engraved plates. [22], 392, [4] pages. Printed on rag paper. Folio, 315x199 mm, contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties; contents browned, varying offsetting and spotting on plates, small hole in blank outer margin of 2T2. Manila: Convento de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de la Orden de . . . San Francisco, 1734

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first edition of the first navigation manual printed in the Philippines, exhaustively covering the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, with extensive mathematical tables as well as sailing directions for the Pacific, the California coast from Cape Mendocino to Acapulco, Asian ports, and Spain via the Cape of Good Hope. The author was an admiral and master navigator on the route between Acapulco and Manila. His manual was used on the California expeditions of Gaspar de Portolá, Vicente Vila, and Juan Pérez. Medina/Manila 189; Palau 105121; Lilly Library, Exotic Printing and the Expansion of Europe 56; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 97. RBH notes the Howell, Maggs, and Sabin copies, but none at auction; APBC records only the Scott Library copy sold in 1975 (to Howell). Not in Filipiniana Materials in the National Library (1972), or Union Catalog of Philippine Materials (1970-76).