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Le Comte, Praktikale Zeevaartkunde 120

The Abundant Text & Plate Work

by the Practician for the Practician

Le Comte, Pieter. Praktikale Zeevaartkunde en theoretische kennis voor Handel en Scheepvaart. Amsterdam, Wed. G. Hulst van Keulen, 1842. 4to. VIII, 16, 313 pp., 1 ll. white. With

121 plate engravings

(image size c. 8⅛ × 7½ in [20.5 × 19 cm]). Brown boards with gilt spine label (stained). Paled brown edge.

Pieter Le Comte

Cat. N.H.S.M. II, 757. – Maritime-cartographic ex-libris with i. a. Jacob’s staff, galleon and submarine on front pastedown. – First edition, autographed by the author following preamble and introduction. – The plates numbered 1-120 and 53A. and inscribed in the stone P. Le Comte, ad obj. del. / Dl. Veelwaard en Zonen sculpst. – 14 pp. listing of subscribers and 15 pp. index.

Plates 54-84 especially at top in the white margin outside the edge of the image tidemarked, from plate 102 tidemark lower right affecting the subject within the edge of the image on c. 2 × 2 in (5 × 5 cm), towards the end extending through the farthest right white paper edge once more to the upper margin. 1 plate somewhat foxed with penetration to the back of the previous and – quite faint – the following plate. Quite isolated small to tiny marginal tears backed acid-freely. Irrespective of this certain age-markedness and not least on account of the except for one note in pencil virtually snow-white text generally fine copy of this

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abundant compendium of maritime knowledge

from the rig through ship-handling to pilotage

as well as insurance and exchange & measure conversions

in the various harbors .

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The plates accordingly ranging from masts, topmasts, tackles, knots through rigging, sails, anchors finally to ship-handling and in such a manner covering the whole spectrum of sailing ship navigation, by the practician for the practician.

Pieter Le Comte (1802 Amsterdam 1849), Knight of the Military William Order, was interested in ships and their details far beyond his profession as officer of the Royal Navy, yet at the same time artistically talented, too, as not least proven by his Afbeeldingen van Schepen en Vaartuigen in verschillende Bewegingen from 1831, for which he not only – as here, too – provided the designs, but transferred these onto the stone himself, too.

After Le Comte had survived his first shipwreck as twelve-year-old in the Mediterranean and had taken part in the bombardment of Algiers 27 August 1816, his return from four years service in Dutch East India – again overshadowed by shipwreck – was soon followed by changing from active shipping to employment in sea trade and shipping companies. The skills obtained here the subject of the second part – with about 110 pages comprising about a third – of present work. Indeed,

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by the practician for the practician.

Offer no. 29,020 | EUR 1500. | export price EUR 1425. (c. US$ 1723.) + shipping

Pieter Le Comte