Sextants at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Mariners Quadrants, Mariners Astrolabes, Cross-staffs…

Hardcover | July 15, 2009

byW.F.J. Morzer Bruyns, Richard Dunn

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Sextants at Greenwich consists of two main sections: The introductory chapters and the catalogue of navigating instruments of the National Maritime Museum.The first section gives a general overview of the history of celestial navigation with an emphasis on the instruments that were developed and used for that purpose, between about 1450 and the 1970s. The instruments in the catalogue form the main thread in these chapters. The catalogue consists of 347 entries of instruments for celestial navigation, the octants, sextants and related instruments preserved in the National Maritime Museum. Each entry includes the place of the object's origin, its maker, the object's date, inscriptions (by the maker and/or relating to anowner), the graduated scale, the instrument's dimensions and a general description that includes details such as used materials and detached parts. Finally the object's provenance (previous owners and/or users) and references to literature on its history and handling are given.

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Sextants at Greenwich consists of two main sections: The introductory chapters and the catalogue of navigating instruments of the National Maritime Museum.The first section gives a general overview of the history of celestial navigation with an emphasis on the instruments that were developed and used for that purpose, between about 145...

Dr W.F.J. Morzer Bruyns Sackler Research Fellow in the History of Astronomy and Navigational Sciences National Maritime Museum Greenwich Dr Willem F.J. Morzer Bruyns (1943) was trained as navigation officer at the Amsterdam Nautical College and briefly sailed as a junior officer for the Amsterdam based 'Netherland' Line. He join...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 12.4 × 9.45 × 0.01 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199532540

ISBN - 13:9780199532544

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W. F. J. Morzer Bruyns: An Introduction to the History of Celestial NavigationW. F. J. Morzer Bruyns: The History and Development of Instruments for Measuring Altitude at Sea, before the OctantW. F. J. Morzer Bruyns: The Invention of the Octant, its Development and DiffusionW. F. J. Morzer Bruyns: The Sextant and Further Improvements in the Eighteenth CenturyW. F. J. Morzer Bruyns: Innovations and Production in the Nineteenth and Twentieth CenturiesRichard Dunn: Collecting and Interpreting Navigational Instruments at the National Maritime MuseumW. F. J. Morzer Bruyns: The CatalogueW. F. J. Morzer Bruyns: Appendices