2 Illustr.manuscr.manual on signalling flags for the Dutch navy


Description: Illustrated manuscript manual on signalling flags for the use of the Dutch navy

REINST, Pieter Hendrik and Jan Hendrik van KINSBERGEN].
Extract uyt de generaale zeinen voor een vloot off esquader oorlogschepen.
[Amsterdam, ca. 1808]. 8vo. With hundreds of small signalling flags, all coloured by hand. Contemporary half calf.
€ 9,500
Detailed and extensively illustrated ca. 1808 manuscript signalling manual, illustrating and describing hundreds of different flags and pennants, all drawn in colour. It contains extracts of all 8 "books" of a printed manual. The earliest known edition of any parts of this work was compiled by the Dutch Vice-Admiral Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen (1735-1819) with assistance of Pieter Hendrik Reynst and published by for the use of the Dutch navy: Generale zeinen, voor een vloot of esquader oorlog-schepen, Amsterdam, Johannes van Keulen and sons. The STCN dates it between 1763 and 1766. The contents and preface of the present manuscript, noting all 8 "books" and referring to the work of Van Kinsbergen and Reynst, match those of the 1791 edition with the same title, Amsterdam, Gerard Hulst van Keulen, 1791, which has only a few copper plates of generic flags that had to be completed by hand. But it includes texts added to the 1791 edition for the printing of the 1808 edition. From 1773 onwards, Kinsbergen developed a more simplified system of signalling with flags, greatly limiting the number of flags and pennants to prevent fatal errors.
With the edges of some leaves slightly tattered and with a few minor stains, but generally in very good condition. Spine and hinges cracked and they and the corners restored.
NNBW X, cols. 838-842.; Prud'homme van Reine, Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen, pp. 184-185.
  • Number: 1010831 (23662)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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