AMERICAN COAST PILOT Containing the Courses and Distances Between the Principal Harbours, Capes & Headlands, From Passamaquoddy Through the Gulph of Florida; With Directions for Sailing Into the Same... Together With the Courses and Distances From Cape Cod and Cape-Ann to Georges' Bank... With the Latitudes and Longitudes of the Principle Harbours on the Coast. Together with a Tide Table... Corrected and Improved by the Most Experienced Pilots in the United States - Also, Information to Masters of Vessels, Wherein the Mannor of Transacting Business at the Customs-Houses is Fully Elucidated

AMERICAN COAST PILOT Containing the Courses and Distances Between the Principal Harbours, Capes & Headlands, From Passamaquoddy Through the Gulph of Florida; With Directions for Sailing Into the Same... Together With the Courses and Distances From Cape Cod and Cape-Ann to Georges' Bank... With the Latitudes and Longitudes of the Principle Harbours on the Coast. Together with a Tide Table... Corrected and Improved by the Most Experienced Pilots in the United States - Also, Information to Masters of Vessels, Wherein the Mannor of Transacting Business at the Customs-Houses is Fully Elucidated

(Newburyport, MA.: Edmund M. Blunt, 1798).

RARE, THE DEFINITIVE EARLY AMERICAN NAVIGATIONAL GUIDE, ALL EARLY EDITIONS BEING QUITE RARE AND ESPECIALLY SO IN THIS STATE AND CONDITION. THIS COPY WITH BOTH THE "TAKE NOTICE" AND "MARINERS OBSERVE" LEAVES. The first edition is of very great rarity. This second, printed only two years later, is for all practical purposes the earliest available. ALL of the early Newburyport editions are of great scarcity.
The work is primarily that of Edmund Blunt, who used Captain Furlong's name to bolster acceptance and import of the work. Furlong was a highly respected ship's captain from Massachusetts. AMERICAN COAST PILOT is one of the earliest works of its type - and is the first published in North America and the first to cover the entire coast of the United States. It includes sailing directions, tide-tables, tables of latitudes and longitudes of principal harbors, and descriptions of navigational landmarks. Item #29081

Rare Early Printing, the Second Edition, largely improved and published according to Act of Congress, with both the "Take Notice" and "Mariners Observe" leaves. 8vo, in contemporary full tree calf, the spine expertly and sympathetically restored to period style with gilt ruled bands and a single red morocco label lettered in gilt, with the 'Notice to the Reader' leaf at the front pastedown and the 'Half-Way-Rock Beacon notice' at the rear pastedown -172, [4],[173]-239, [1 ad], pp. [Paginates complete as per Howes]. Errata paste down to front inner board as correct, and WITH the "Mariners Observe" leaf pasted to the rear inner board. An excellent copy of this rare work, very scarce in original calf boards. The text-block well preserved, unpressed, sound and clean with pleasant age, the binding handsome and strong with light, unobtrusive evidence of age or use.

Price: $3,250.00