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(CIPHERING BOOK -- MARITIME.) Elden, Silas. Nineteenth-century manuscript sailor's lesson book. 27 manuscript leaves of watermarked laid paper. Small folio format, 11 3/4x7 1/2 inches, saddle-stitched with thick cord, loosely inserted into original card wrappers with the keeper's name repeatedly doodled; light toning to a few sheets, otherwise good. [New England, circa 1815]
Containing pages of navigational lessons and sailing calculations illustrated throughout with diagrams, drawings of a rigged sloop, a Hadley's quadrant, and a full-page "Chart from England to the Cape de Verde Islands". An unusual genre of student manuscript likely completed while in training to become a deck officer.
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