By E.G.R. Taylor

William Bourne, of Gravesend, through exchange a gunner, was once a profitable author of a brand new form of textbook. Neither a pupil nor of mild start, either one of that have been considered as the necessities of authorship within the sixteenth century, whilst the clinical books have been anticipated to seem merely in universities and to be learn purely through these fluent in Latin, Bourne however produced an entire sequence of technical manuals, written in English for the artisans and craftsmen of his personal category. A Regiment for the ocean, which varieties the middle of the quantity, could be the earliest technical handbook written by means of an Englishman. it isn't easily his principles for navigation, for Bourne wrote a lot as he spoke, in order that out of this guideline publication for sailors a transparent photo of the fellow himself emerges: severe, trustworthy, patriotic and with this inborn impulse to cross on his wisdom to others. the 1st version of 1574 is outlined the following in complete, with the extra fabric which used to be extra to the 1580 version. Professor Taylor has additionally incorporated Almanackes. She has written an introductory part to every textual content, and in her common advent she fills within the information of Bourne's existence and discusses his numerous writings. there's a complete bibliography. this can be a new print-on-demand hardback version of the quantity first released in 1963. as a result of technical constraints it has no longer been attainable to breed Fig.2 'From London to the Medway: info of Symonson’s map of Kent, 1596' which seemed within the first version of the work.

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