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Oriental Navigator

Date: 1801
Overall: 222 x 152 x 48 mm, 0.75 kg
Medium: Leather, gilt, Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00016957
Place Manufactured:Philadelphia

User Terms

    During the 19th century many western ships were trading in the waters around India, China and Australia. This book was used as a navigational guide for the Orient and was printed in Philadelphia, USA.
    SignificanceThis book was the first American work to be written on the trade route to the Indies and Australia.
    HistoryThis first edition text contains directions for sailing to and from the East Indies with a section on the Indian and China Seas to New Holland. It also included guides on purchasing "the drugs and spices of Asia" and advice on "choosing diamonds and the use of Chinese touch needles in judging the value of gold". This volume is a good companion text to the copy of Bowditch 'The New Practical Navigator', 1802 already in the ANMM collection. Both works provide valuable information on the early sporadic trade with Australia and the early period of the China trade.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: The Oriental Navigator, or new directions for sailing to and from the East Indies

    Web title: Oriental Navigator

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