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    The Invention of the "Reflecting Circle" for the Correction of Navigation at Sea

    Chevalier de Borda. Description et usage du cercle de reflexion, avec differentes methodes pour calculer les observations nautiques. Paris, Didot fils Âiné, 1787. First edition. Small quarto. Approximately 8.5 x 6.25 inches. [88], 33, [1, blank] pages. With three engraved plates inserted throughout. Bound in contemporary half brown calf over marbled boards. Rebacked, preserving most of the original spine, some wear to spine and boards, minor occasional soiling in text, a few small rust-holes with minor loss of text. Still, a near fine copy. This copy once owned by Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet (1779-1841) who was a French navigator who circumnavigated the globe in 1811 and who published the first map to show the full outline of the coast of Australia, with his signature on the title-page. Also this copy has related contemporary ink notes on the rear binder's blank (probably not by Freycinet). Housed in quarter brown morocco chemise and morocco-tipped slipcase. The "reflecting circle" (built by Borda with Etienne Lenoir) was capable of correcting navigational computations at sea. This book describes the instrument itself, then describes the use of telescopes and mirrors, and the final thirty-three pages are tables of calculations. Lalande 602. Polak 971.


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