Élémens de l'Architecture Navale, ou Traité pratique de la Construction des Vaisseaux.
Paris: Charles Antoine Jombert, 1752. Full calf, 10 inches tall. A superb 18th century full mottled calf with gilt raised bands, olive label and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Red edges. Bookplate. Some creasing to the shoulders but no actual splitting. A few minor and superficial pink patches on the calf but overall a splendid copy of this great book. The first edition of this landmark work on naval architecture, 'the first training manual for aspiring naval constructors ever produced'. Complete with all 25 engraved plates and the delightful engraved chapter heads by Nicolas Ozanne. In the original French.