Sawtells Nautical Almanac
Small extremely scarce 64 page nautical almanac published by Alfred E. Sawtell of Port Adelaide, Australia in 1874 less than 40 years after colonists founded the city. Probably a relatively early printing as an Adelaide newspaper advertisement from 1901 lists the Alamanac still for sale, although now updated with colored plates and enlarged at 324 pages.
Very interesting early Australian nautical reference would be a good fit for collectors of 19th century Australian sea charts or nautical books. Along with an ephemeris and tide tables the contents include information on courses and distances, sailing directions, pilotage dues, a 7 page list of Australian vessels and their tonnage, and ships regulations for bathing, sanitation and gunpowder.
Back cover advertisement describes A.E. Sawtell as: "Chronometer, Watchmaker, Nautical Optician, Chart and Nautical Bookseller". An enclosed stock list includes nautical books, charts, chronometers and "transparent dipping needle and plain compass cards all sizes". 32 page advertising supplement contains ads for many nautical services and goods including : "J. Hill and Co. Omnibus Proprietors", "J. Lavin Steam Biscuit Manufactory" and the "80 HORESPOWER steam tugs Eleanor and Sophia". Feel the power!
Sawtells Nautical Almanac. Tide Tables and Mercantile Navy List of South Australia 1874.
BODY OF WATER:
Paper covers. Front cover , title page and second page are all missing a piece at top, as shown. Otherwise excellent condition with only light browning and no foxing.
COLORING: None except blue covers .
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