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BOURDÉ DE VILLEHUET (Jacques). The Manoeuverer, or Skilful Seaman: being an essay on the Theory and Practice of the various movements of a ship at sea, As well as of Naval Evolutions In General. Translated from the French of Mr. Bourdé de Villehuet, by the Chevalier de Sauseuil... Illustrated with thirteen copperplates; Five of which, with many interesting Observations interspersed through the Work, by way of Notes, are the Production of an English Officer. Dedicated To His Royal Highness Prince William-Henry.1788

London: Printed for S. Hooper, First and only edition, 4to, vi, viii, [8], vi, 309, [1]pp., (terminal errata leaf incorrectly bound before contents), 13 folding engraved plates of naval tactics (a couple lightly brown or foxed), unobtrusive blind-stamp to title and margins of plates, expertly rebound in half calf over marbled boards, spine gilt extra with morocco title label, a handsome copy. Bourdé de Villehuet served in ships of the French East Indies company before joining the naval service. This work, first published at Paris in 1765, is a useful guide to French practice just before the outbreak of the Revolution. In 1798 the author was part of the naval force that occupied Corfu, Zante and Cephalonia. Adams and Waters, 248.

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