2 ZWYNDREGT L. van. Verhandeling van den Hollandschen scheepsbou


Description: Rare Dutch shipbuilding manual, with 8 plates
Verhandeling van den Hollandschen scheepsbouw, raakende de verschillende chartres der oorlogsschepen, tot 's lands dienst, en ter betrachtinge van alle bespiegelende en werkdadige liefhebberen der Hollandsche scheepsbouwkunde, … Waarby, tot een aanhangsel, gevoegd is eene verhandeling van't bouwen der koopvaardyschepen door C. de Ruiter.
The Hague, Pieter van Thol, 1759. 4to. With engraved frontispiece view of a shipyard, title-page printed in red and black with charming woodcut device, the dedication with an armorial headpiece giving the arms of the dedicatee (Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer) and 8 engraved folding plates, including one very large (83 x 30 cm), showing the most important parts of a Dutch galleon with 50 cannons. 20th-century half vellum.
€ 4,750
Second issue of the first edition of a rare manual on shipbuilding by Leendert van Zwijndregt, a member of a family of three generations of shipwrights working for the Rotterdam admiralty. It was written as a defence of the Dutch tradition of shipbuilding against the upcoming tendency to look to the French and English traditions. Added at the end is a short treatise on the construction of Dutch merchant ships by C. de Ruiter. Van Bruggen points out that Van Zwijndregt was one of the earliest to propose the new method of calculating a warship's length on the basis of the width of and space between the portholes (Maritime geschiedenis der Nederlanden, p. 45).
Extremities slightly browned and some spots to the first and last few leaves, but otherwise in very good condition and wholly untrimmed, leaving all deckles intact.
Bruzelius, p. 50; STCN (9 copies); cf. Bierens de Haan 5481 (first issue); Cat. NHSM, p. 748 (first issue); Crone, Nederlandsche jachten, p. 138; Maritime geschiedenis der Nederlanden III, pp. 45 & 398.
  • Number: 1011722
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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