|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Pre 19th Century.
Please note: The books are listed for interest only, and not offered for sale.
|These 'ancient' scripts
contain reference in some way to diving and diving equipment. As they arise
from the 18th century and earlier, they are generally included as part
of a narrative on war. All are very rare documents, and thus expensive
and hard to find. I have included an idea of prices with respect and appreciation
to the booksellers who have provided the following information in their
sales blurb - this the descriptions refer to the actual book made available
by the bookseller. .
See also 19th century listing.
|VALLO, LIVRE CONTENANT LES APPERTENANCES
AUX CAPITAINES POUR RETENIR & FORTIFER UNE CITE AVEC BASTIONS, AVEC
NOUVEAULX ARTEFICES DE FEU ADIOUSTEZ
Google translation: VALLO, APPERTENANCES BOOK CONTAINING THE CAPTAINS TO REMEMBER FOR A CITY & FORTIFIED WITH BASTIONS WITH FIRE NOUVEAULX ARTEFICE ADIOUSTEZ
Author: Battista della VALLE.
Published by: Jacques Moderne Lyon, 1529. 8vo. ff. (8) 68. Gothic lettering. Red and black printer's woodcut device on title, repeated on verso of last in black (dusty). Title in red and black within decorative woodcut border in four pieces. Large attractive white on black woodcut initials. 10 full page woodcut illustrations within woodcut borders, and 15 figures in the text of various sorts of military ordinance, siege engines, rockets, mines, diving equipment etc. 9 full page printed diagrams and 15 in text of military encampments and manoeuvres. Occasional contemporary marginal ms. annotations, some minor marginal soiling on last ll. A very good, clean copy in contemporary calf, cased in a brown morocco backed folding box with title gilt on spine. First edition of the first translation into French of Vallo's celebrated work on the techniques of attack and defence of fortified places, the first edition of which appeared in Italian at Venice in 1524. The work deals with all aspects of defending a city from the use of artillery, the building of fortifications, and the tactics of troops. As a pragmatic siege manual, (the result of first hand experience), it gives tremendous insight into the thinking of the practical soldier rather than the theorist in the early sixteenth century. The apparent crudeness and simplicity of the woodcuts belies their value in explaining the function of various offensive and defensive operations. "Il Vallo" (The Defence), where it concerns engineering and artillery, is taken almost entirely from the ancients. Dela Valle has no scientific knowledge whatever, and writes from experience only. But the elementary character of his work made it accessible to the rudest soldier, and it ran through eleven editions in thirty seven years, that is to say, more than any other military book in those times." (Cockle). This edition in French is extremely rare, Von Güldingen lists copies at Augsburg and Paris BNF only. Cockle 765. Not in Baudrier, BM STC, Brunet, Graesse, Adams, Mortimer, or NUC.SN2683.
Bookseller : Sokol Books Ltd, UK, - around $10,000
Underwater interest: I can only conclude that the intriguing device shown in the image is some sort of underwater breathing aparatus, which, as we well know, would not work below a foot or so. It is not a periscope. The rings are baffling, perhaos there for strength. If it is relevant to underwater movement, how interesting that this be considered as a means of attack or inflitration in the early 16th century.
|A SHIP CALLED THE 'BON JESUS' OF ONE THOUSAND
TUNS, SOMETIME SINCE LOADED ON BOARD AT PORTOBELLO IN THE WEST INDIES
Publisher: ?. ca. 1709?. First and only edition.
Folio, broadside (28 x 37 cm.) with 2 columns.
Lists the supposed cargo of the Bon Jesus, said to have been loaded at Portobello (on the Isthmus of Panama) with four million pieces of eight, twenty tons of silver pigs, 120,000 pounds sterling in bars, coined gold, and three hundred tons of wood. Soon after it was supposed to have left the harbor it was said to have been chased by a privateer and wrecked on a rock. This broadside also gives an itemized list of costs to mount an expedition to recover the cargo, including an estimate of the charges for fitting out and victualing 2 ships to the West Indies, paying the sailors, purchasing a small sloop in the West Indies, diving equipment and beads for the Indians, and purchasing slaves to be used as divers. (Like the ships, they were later to be sold). Each £50 invested is advertised to bring "upwards of 3000 l. Sterling." A contemporary manuscript note estimates some costs to be somewhat higher than advertised. Such broadsides are extremely rare: we have never seen one on the market. This one includes the comment (scored), "Besides the great Advantages by the Queens Commission to take Prizes, or any other Advantage on the French and Spaniards" (i.e. Queen Anne, 1702-14?). In essence, this was a fraudulent scheme. According to an entry in the Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series, America and West Indies dated December 15, 1709, a shipwright named Peter Dearlove, who was in Marshalsea prison for piracy "framed a pretence that he knew of a rich wreck of a ship called the 'Bon Jesus', in the West Indies, by which stratagem he drew in the Lord Fairfax to support him and gett him bayl'd out of prison, and afterwards put his Lordship to great charges to provide shipping to go and take up such pretended wreck; and after some time he did draw in the Lord Rivers and several other gentlemen to the expence of many thousand pounds in providing and equipping ships for going upon such pretended wreck." The goal was to take the ships to Madagascar and sell them to pirates. When they were almost ready to sail, an informant warned the owners of the ships and the plot was foiled. Not in Alden & Landis, ESTC, Sabin, JCB, or JFB (1994). Not located in WorldCat. Not located in COPAC. Not located in NUC.
|TRAITÉ DE LA CONSTRUCTION
THÉORIQUE ET PRATIQUE DU SCAPHANDRE, OU DU BATEAU DE L'HOMME.
Jean-Baptiste de. LA CHAPELLE.
Google translation: TREATY OF THEORY BUILDING AND PRACTICE OF DIVING, OR BOAT MAN.
Published by Debure, l'Auteur, Paris, 1775.
Book description by seller: In-8, [dimension: 167 x 103 mm] de XLVIII, 328, (6) pp., 2 planches dépliantes. Veau marbré, dos orné, armes dorées sur les plats, tranches rouges. (Reliure de l'époque.) Première édition. Elle est illustré par 4 belles gravures sur cuivre sur deux planches dépliantes. L'abbé de La Chapelle (1710-1792) mathématicien, est l'inventeur du mot scaphandre : (du grec, scaphos pour barque ou bateau et andros pour l'homme). C'est un habit de toile, de cuir et de liège qui permet de se déplacer à la surface de l'eau. L'auteur en fit lui-même la démonstration sur la Seine. "Cette espèce de cuirasse permet de faire à la nage toutes sortes de manoeuvres comme de manger, boire, lire, écrire, combattre, charger le fusil ou le pistolet, tirer, chasser, pêcher, se sauver des naufrages, sans jamais pouvoir couler au fond, calfater un vaisseau en pleine mer, ou l'y radouber, faire passer à un corps de troupes, sans ponts, sans bateaux, sans radeaux & surtout sans bruit, les plus grands fleuves et les plus rapides, lui faciliter une descente par mer, sur une côte ou sur une terre." Exemplaire aux armes du marquis de Mailly : Augustin-Joseph de Mailly (1708-1794), commandant en chef en Roussillon et maréchal de France, participa à de nombreuses batailles lors des guerres de Louis XV et finit guillotiné après avoir défendu Louis XVI. Olivier pl. 2043 attribue ce fer à son oncle Victor-Alexandre, mais celui-ci étant mort en 1754, ce fer n'a pu être utilisé que par Augustin-Joseph de Mailly, à qui Olivier attribue trois autres fers, dont le premier est très similaire à celui-ci (pl. 2044). Bel exemplaire. First edition. Bookseller Inventory # n12232
Google interpretation of above: Paris, Debure, the author, 1775., 1775. In-8, [dimension: 167 x 103 mm] XLVIII, 328, (6) pp., 2 folding plates. Marbled calf, back decorated, gilt arms on the flat, red edges. (Binding of the time.) First edition. It is illustrated by 4 beautiful engravings on two folding plates. Abbe de La Chapelle (1710-1792) mathematician, invented the word suit: (Greek scaphos for boat or ship and andros to humans). It is a coat of canvas, leather and cork, which allows to move the water surface. The author himself made the demonstration on the Seine. "This kind of armor can do to swim all sorts of maneuvers such as eating, drinking, reading, writing, fighting, load the rifle or pistol shooting, hunting, fishing, shipwrecks save, without ever being able to run background, caulk a ship at sea, or to refit, to get a body of troops, no bridges, no boats, no rafts & noiselessly above, larger rivers and faster, to facilitate a raid by sea on a coast or on land. " Copy the arms of the Marquis de Mailly Augustin Joseph de Mailly (1708-1794), Commander in Chief Marshal Roussillon and France, participated in many battles during the wars of Louis XV and finally guillotined after defending Louis XVI. Olivier pl. 2043 Iron attributes this to his uncle Victor Alexander, but he died in 1754, this iron could be used by Augustin Joseph de Mailly, whom Olivier awards three other chains, the first being very similar this one (pl. 2044). Bel exemplaire. First edition. Bookseller Inventory # n12232
Bookseller: Hugues de Latude (www.latude.net, -, France) Aprox $6900 US
Underwater interest: It is the 'coat of canvas, leather
and cork' which is intriguing, especially as you seem to be able to do
anything you like in it, although the author does not mention and encumberancee
to sexual activity. Note the use of the specific word 'scaphandre' - diving.
|KRIEGS UND ARCHELEY KUNST. DAS IST, GRÜNDLICHE
UNND AUSSFÜHRLICHE UNDERWEISUNG WAS NICHT ALLEIN EINEM CAPITAIN ODER
HAUPTMANN, SONDERN AUCH EINEM ARCHELEY UND BÜCHENMEISTER FÜRNEMLICH
ZU WISSEN VON NÖTHEN: WIE EINE VESTUNG ZU BESCHÜTZEN, UNND GLEICFALLS
AUCH IM GEGENTHEIL EINZUNEHMEN SEY, UND ALLERLEY KRIEGS=MUNITION ZU VERFERTIGEN.
(2. BUCH): IN WELCHEN.ERKLÄRET UND BESCHRIEBEN.: WIE NEMLICH DERSELBIGE
SEINEN SALPETER ZU BEREITEN, ALLERLEY GATTUNG PULWER DERAUS ZU MACHEN,
KÜNSTLICHE FEWERWERCK VON KUGELN, KRÄTZEN, HÄSEN, UNND DERGLEICHEN
ZU VERFÄRTIGE, UNND SICH ALLER SOLCHER SACHEN ZU SCHIMPFF UNND ERNST
ZU GEBRAUCHEN. 2 THEILE.
Google translation: War and Archeley art. This is a thorough unnd aussführliche Under instructions not know what fürnemlich solely to a captain or captain, but also to one Archeley Büchen and master of Noether: Like a fortress to protect, unnd Gleicfalls also assume the contrary is, and fabricate all sorts of war = ammunition. ) (2.-bound: In Welchen.erkläret and described.: Namely, how ready soever his saltpeter to make all sorts deraus genus Pulwer to artificial Fewerwerck of balls, Dross, harbors, unnd like to verfärtige unnd to all such matters Schimpff to use unnd earnest. 2 parts.
Girolami Ruscelli. (Pseud.f. Alessio Piemontese, Alexis of Piedmont, A. Pedemontanus).
Publisher: Jacobi di Zetter, Frankfurt, 1620.
Book Description: Folio. Old full vellum made out of manuscript vellum leaves (from 15th century with letters in red and black, 1 coloured initial, 2 columns, a bible-commentary). Re-backed, 3/4 of the old vellum-back preserved. Remains of blue and yellow ties. Fine engraved pictorial title (canons, equipment etc.), (12),145,(3) pp. and 15 double-page engraved plates, 8 showing artillery in function, technical descriptions, and diving equipments shown on plate 14 !!) - Second Part with fine engraved title (showing bombs and fireworks),(8),71,(5) pp. and 9 double-page engraved plates showing different kinds of fireworks. A few, mainly marginal brownspots and some faint browning to leaves. With exlibris from "Comit: Fuggeri 1630 (?)" in old hand on title. On fol. 2 a later rubberstamp: "Fürstliche Fuggersche Bibliothek in Augsburg". First German edition, complete with 24 engraved plates. The first part deals mainly with the artillery and its technical aspects and the second part with fireworks; the constituents and constructions are described on 71 pages and depicted. The diving equipments depicted on plate 14 in the first part consist of an inflated bladder which is attached to a belt and an iron-head with a long snorkel and some air-pumps used for diving activities.The Italian physician, alchemist and cartographer, Alexis of Piedmont or Girolamo Ruscelli, was born in Viterbo, Italy around 1500 (perhaps earlier), and died in Venice, Italy around 1565. He is (probably) the author of the important "Secreti", published in 1555, and the "Secreti Nuovi", published in 1567, the first of which was extremely popular and of considerable influence, the second of which must be said to be of the greatest interest, but apparently not very widely read. He also translated the Geography of Ptolemy into Italian, and his books on war and fire-works are now quite scarce. Most of his works were popular in his life-time and the century to come, and they were translated into Latin, German, French and Welsh. At a very early point he indicated the plan of a scientific academy, and he must be said to be a very interesting 16th century scientist. Bookseller Inventory # 17868
Bookseller: Lynge & Søn ILAB-LILA (København K, ., Denmark) About $6500
Diving interest: Note the description of of 'diving equipments'
|OPPIAN. Halieuticks: The Nature
of Fishes and Fishing of the Ancients.
Oxford 1722, 8vo title page vignette, 232p. Full calf binding.
An account of Oppian's life & writings, and a catalogue of his fishes. It contains much fable and absurdity together with considerable zoological knowledge (Westwood and Satchell, p164). Oppian wrote several pieces, The Nature of Fishes, The Nature of Beasts and The Nature of Birds and was considered an eminent naturalist in his time. This first published English translation of this Greek classic was translated from the Greek by Mr John Jones of Balliol College.
Oppian of Corycus (or Anazarbus) in Cilicia, flourished in the reign of Marcus Aurelius. According to an anonymous biographer, his father, having incurred the displeasure of Lucius Verus, a colleague
of Marcus Aurelius, by neglecting to pay his respects to him when he visited the town, was banished to Malta. Oppian, who had accompanied his father into exile, returned after the death of Verus (169) and went on a visit to Rome. Here he presented his poems to Marcus Aurelius, who was so pleased with them that he gave the author a piece of gold for each line, took him into favor and pardoned his father. Oppian subsequently returned to his native country, but died of the plague shortly afterwards, at the early age of thirty. His contemporaries erected a statue in his honor, with an inscription which is still extant, containing a lament for his premature death and a eulogy of his precocious genius. His poem on fishing (Halieutica), of about 3500 lines, dedicated to Marcus Aurelius and his son Commodus, is still extant.
Bookseller: detail kindly provided by Gordon Graham at Antiquarian Angler. Gordon has (had) a copy of this remarkable book available for AUD$1200.
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