A Regiment for the Sea, and other Writings on Navigation, by by E.G.R. Taylor

By E.G.R. Taylor

William Bourne, of Gravesend, by way of alternate a gunner, was once a winning author of a brand new kind of textbook. Neither a student nor of mild delivery, either one of that have been considered as the must haves of authorship within the sixteenth century, while the medical books have been anticipated to seem in basic terms in universities and to be learn basically through these fluent in Latin, Bourne however produced an entire sequence of technical manuals, written in English for the artisans and craftsmen of his personal category. A Regiment for the ocean, which types the center of the amount, is likely to be the earliest technical handbook written by way of an Englishman. it's not easily his principles for navigation, for Bourne wrote a lot as he spoke, in order that out of this guideline publication for sailors a transparent photo of the fellow himself emerges: severe, trustworthy, patriotic and with this inborn impulse to move on his wisdom to others. the 1st version of 1574 is outlined right here in complete, with the extra fabric which was once additional to the 1580 version. Professor Taylor has additionally incorporated Almanackes. She has written an introductory part to every textual content, and in her basic advent she fills within the info of Bourne's existence and discusses his quite a few writings. there's a complete bibliography. this can be a new print-on-demand hardback variation of the amount first released in 1963. as a result of technical constraints it has now not been attainable to breed Fig.2 'From London to the Medway: information of Symonson’s map of Kent, 1596' which seemed within the first version of the work.

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