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  BRITISH ISLES 
 England 

NORIE, John William. [Two-sheet sea chart of the eastern English Channel]
A New Chart of Part of the South Coast of England Extending from The Downs to Spithead. Drawn from the latest Surveys. London: Norie, 1816. Two sheets conjoined, total 640 x 1550mm. Some pencil annotations, a few small repairs.
A scarce sea chart of south east England, published by Norie at his 'Navigation Warehouse', famed for its 'Little Midshipman' figurehead, borrowed by Charles Dickens as the shop kept by Sol Gils in his 1846 novel 'Dombey and Son'. It shows from Portsmouth to the Straits of Dover, with an inset detail of Spithead and four coastal profiles, including Dover and Beachy Head.
[Ref: 16912]    £3,250.00 ($3,938 • €3,546 rates)


  CELESTIAL 
 Celestial Maps 

NORIE, John William. [A scarce mariner's star atlas]
Norie's Set of Celestial Maps, for Finding the Principal Stars in the Heavens; Adapted for the Use of Nautical Men, Astronomers, and Others. London: Charles Wilson, 1844. Quarto, original boards with publisher's label; 6 numbered celestial charts, two folding. Ink stamp of W.C. Cox on front paste-down. A little rubbing to the extremities.
A rare celestial chart book, designed to be of practical use to seaman and amateur astronomers, by important chartmaker J.W. Norie (1772-1843). This example was published the year after his death. Cox's stamp describes him as an 'opticians of Devonport '; however he was also a maker of scientific instruments and for many years in charge of maintaining the chronometers of the depôt of the Admiralty at Devonport. Born in 1786, he became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1831 and died in 1874. The obituary in the 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society' (Vol 35) specifically refers to his 'retiring disposition'.
[Ref: 19031]    £1,250.00 ($1,515 • €1,364 rates)


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