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Navigating the waters around Texel

BRANDLIGT, Laurens.
Scylla en Charybdis; behelzende een project, ter verbetering der zeegaten en het vaarwater van Texel, en aanwinning van eenige duizend morgen land.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, Laurens Brandligt, 1780. 8vo. With 4 folding engraved maps and 1 folding engraved plate. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine.
€ 2,750
First and only edition of a work on navigation around the Dutch island Texel, written by the sea merchant Laurens Brandligt. Due to alluviation the stream velocity in the waters around Texel had decreased. Brandligt suggests several ways to improve the navigability of these waters, which was important since Dutch warships often took refuge in them. Brandligt also tries to promote Den Helder as a new harbour for both war and merchant ships, stressing the poor accessibility of Amsterdam.
Small tear in first free endleaf, restored, title-page slightly browned. Binding rubbed along the extremities, spine damaged at the top and front hinge partly cracked. Overall in good condition.
Bierens de Haan 558; Kemper 1566; STCN 160106095.
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