SAILING DIRECTIONS FOR THE KATTEGAT TO BE USED WITH THE NEW IMPROVED CHART CONTAINING DESCRIPTIONS OF THE LIGHTS, SOUNDINGS, GROUNDS AND SHOALS, TOGETHER WITH PLANS OF SEVERAL HARBOURS, PROSPECTS AND VIEWS OF LAND PUBLISHED FROM THE ROYAL DANISH MARINE AR
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Copenhagen, 1st. Eng. translation ed., 1800. Printed for the Archives by J. F. Schultz, Director and Bookprinter. 68 pp., illustrated with 5 charts (2 fldg.,) ; 1 engraved vignette ; & 6 engraved views, etc., (3 fldg). Re-bound in ? red morocco ; raised bands ; fine marbled boards & endpapers (being Spanish Moiré – creating a beautiful 3-d wave effect) ; fine laid rag paper. 27 x 21cm. Bookplate. FINE. An English translation of an important Danish work published in Copenhagen in 1800 and providing detailed sailing directions for the Kattegat with descriptions of lights, soundings, grounds and shoals, and illustrated with twelve fine engravings of charts and views (five of them folding). It is inconceivable that this book was not carried to sea a year later when Sir Hyde Parker and Lord Nelson set sail for the Baltic, resulting in the Battle of Copenhagen. It forms essential and the most up-to-date instructions to navigators which hitherto, even to the most experienced seamen, were entirely unknown. There was no thought of Denmark and England going to war against each other in 1800, otherwise the Danes might have thought twice about an English translation. Their decision to produce one was based on the considerable amount of trade Britain had with the Baltic. In his Preface the author points out that Frederick Schneider's translation is "litteral" – simple plain language as better intelligible to seamen, thereby retaining few deviations from the Danish original, even keeping descriptions of parts of the Danish shore where only small coasting vessels would be found. The Sailing Directions were first published in the Danish language in 1799. Where some Danish terms are used, the English translation is listed. The book covers every point, bay, island, anchorage, coastline, entrance, fiord, light, etc. The paper used is of high quality and as crisp as the day it was made. The printing is also fine, and the plates are of superior quality and in fine condition. The book is bound in attractive three-quarter red morocco with green, red and gold Spanish Moiré papers to the boards and endpapers. (COPAC only lists 1 copy, in the NMM Library). FINE copy. RARE.