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First and Second [and Third] Reports of the Liverpool Compass Committee to the Board of Trade, 1855 & 1856 [and 1867-60]; with letters from the Astronomer Royal thereupon.

London, HMSO, 1857 – 61

2 volumes in 1. folio [32×21]. pp74, 131 + numerous folding lithographed plates, maps, charts, plans of ships and vessels – some with colour, including a coloured map of Liverpool Docks showing the “Magnetic Bearings of Vauxhall Chimney as painted on the Dock Walls Liverpool”

good clean condition in modern cloth-backed boards

the Liverpool Compass Committee was established in 1855 to investigate the causes of the deviation of the compass in wooden and iron ships, and to ascertain the best means of correcting errors arising from this source, especially in iron ships. Although not stated as such, the aim of the committee was also to try and bring some order to the rather chaotic and unorganised systems currently in place for attempting to arrive at a satisfactory method of applying deviation correction to compasses. an important and scarce series of reports

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