Falconer's Marine Dictionary 1780 David & Charles 1970 Reprint
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Falconer's Marine Dictionary


William Falconer

1780 originally published by T. Cadell, The Strand, London

Reprinted in 1970 by David & Charles (Publishers) Limited Newton Abbot, Devon

A light brown cloth bound book in Very Good condition with gilt lettering against pale blue on the spine and a very attractive embossed brig in gilt to the front board. The pages are pristine. Dust wrapper is unclipped, shelf rubbed and marked - the spine area is badly faded.

412 pages. 193 mm. x 253 mm. x 0 mm. Weight unwrapped 1.5 kilo

Falconer's Marine Dictionary (1780)

Falconer's Universal Dictionary of the Marine, first published in 1769, is a technical record of outstanding significance, written on the basis of first-hand experience at sea by a man of considerable literary ability. It covers shipbuilding, seamanship, warfare and discipline in the Royal Navy; and in those days life in the Navy and the Merchant Navy was not as different as it is today. A valuable compendium of nautical knowledge, it appeared at the time when the Seven Years War had recently ended and Captain Cook was commencing, in a little Whitby collier, to probe the vast Pacific Ocean.

William Falconer, born in Edinburgh in 1732, went to sea in a merchant vessel when aged fourteen, and later joined the Navy. He was one of twenty-five survivors of the crew of the Ramillies when she was wrecked on the South Devon coast in 176o and returned to merchant ships as mate; two years later he was again wrecked, in the Britannia. Falconer had already published a number of poems, and after this escape he wrote The Shipwreck', which established his fame as a poet. When the Glory, of which he was purser, was laid up `in ordinary' at Chatham, the captain's cabin was fitted with a stove so that he could finish his Dictionary. He was lost at sea within a year of its publication.


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Falconer's Marine Dictionary