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Detailed Information for Seller's item number: 3952
On the Heat of the Water in the Gulf-Stream
Author: Blagden, Charles. M.D. :Physician to the Army, F.R.S.
Publisher: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London London 1781

from Vol. 71 of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1781 - a published letter from Charles Blagden, M.D. :Physician to the Army, F.R.S., 'On the Heat of the Water in the Gulf-Stream.' This is quite a fascinating item (yeah, I read a good bit of it). Blagden conducted temperature readings, soundings, and navigational positions in 1776 and again in 1777 (.."as the ships which had transported Sir William Howe's army up Chesapeake Bay were returning toward the Delaware, with the sick and stores..") on the water of the Gulf-stream to determine its location. He used "Farenheit's thermometer" and in his summary states, "..this instrument will come to be ranked among the most valuable at sea, as the difficulty of ascertaining currents is well known to be one of the greatest defects in the present art of navigation." He felt that the benefit of determining location by Gulf-stream temperature influences was an inestimable aid to navigation, in no small part because it allowed mariners to avoid the shoals along the southern Atlantic coast. This is bound together with the (3--page) letter just preceding it in the original volume, "Account of an Earthquake at Hafodunos near Denleigh" by John Lloyd. They are bound together in a later paper-over-board binding that is splitting badly at the spine. I'd guestimate this binding circa 1920: the paper is a sort of faux-marble in chromolithograph, with a decidedly Art Deco design element to it and typed paper label applied to the front. The splitting is pulling some of the pages apart from each other - the whole thing could stand rebinding - but the internal pages are clean and sound otherwise. NAUTICAL 3952 First Edition Hard Cover Good Condition 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Nautical

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