AN ATTEMPT TO DEVELOP THE LAW OF STORMS BY MEANS OF FACTS, ARRANGED ACCORDING TO PLACE AND TIME ; AND HENCE TO POINT OUT A CAUSE FOR THE VARIABLE WINDS, WITH THE VIEW TO PRACTICAL USE IN NAVIGATION. ILLUSTRATED BY CHARTS AND WOOD CUTS. SECOND EDITION, WIT

Reid, Lt.Col. W.


£100.00



2 Vols., Book : John Weale, 59 High Holborn, 2nd.ed., 1841. Viii + 572 pp., diagrams, woodcuts & charts (some fldg.). Later blue cloth with blind indented ‘head’ to front covers re-backed in lighter blue cloth; gilt; edges uncut. 26 x 16cm. White figures to front cover ; corners of original boards worn ; some flaking in fore-edges of leaves ; red ‘cancelled’ stamp of the Athenaeum Library to title-page ; o/w V.G. Atlas : 9 charts & a page of graphs. Qtr. maroon calf ; limp brown cloth ; calf title-piece ; gilt. No longer sewn (covers & all pp loose) ; all edges frayed & chipped but no loss to actual charts, etc. POOR. Designed to accompany the atlas volume which is rarely present but present in this case, the text and atlas combine to form an important and historical study. It examines storms and hurricanes to point out a cause for variable winds which concerned sailing ships at sea. Includes accounts of Franklin’s storms, waterspouts, Redfield’s storms of the 1820s and 1830s, the Barbados hurricanes of 1831 and 1835, the Antigua hurricane of 1837, wreckers in the Gulf of Florida, Pacific hurricanes, disastrous storms for East India fleets under convoy in 1808 and 1809, typhoons in the South China Sea and the Bay of Bengal, the Bermuda hurricane of 1839, Captain Beaufort’s scale, the fall of fish on land, rollers at St. Helena, etc., etc. SCARCE.


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