Maderas De Roble, Necessarias Para Fabricar Un Navio De 72. Cañones. NAVAL Architecture.
Maderas De Roble, Necessarias Para Fabricar Un Navio De 72. Cañones.
“A QUALITATIVE LEAP FOR THE SPANISH NAVY” — TUDÓN PRESAS

Maderas De Roble, Necessarias Para Fabricar Un Navio De 72. Cañones.

?Madrid, s.n. c. 1755.

Large 4to (331 x 235 mm.). [ii], 20 leaves and TWENTY ETCHED PLATES (numbered 1-20 in the upper right and “72” in the lower right) WITH TWO HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE FIGURES KEYED TO THE TEXT, letterpress leaves printed on one or both sides; the plates and text share the same paper stock (watermark: C & I Honig with a large crown).

Contemporary stiff marbled wrappers (worn, spine strengthened at an early date with a marbled paper strip), blue paper spine label.

AMONG THE FIRST NAVAL ARCHITECTURE BOOKS TO ILLUSTRATE EVERY PIECE OF THE WOODEN STRUCTURE OF A WARSHIP, here a seventy-two cannon Spanish ship of the line. Each scaled image faces the letterpress text giving the precise dimensions and contours of the piece shown.
            Only Edition. This highly restricted military document comes from the second phase of the revamping of the Spanish Armada, which had begun in the 1710s. When Jorge Juan y Santacilia (1713-73) returned in 1751 from his maritime espionage mission in England, he brought detailed plans of Britain’s most prized naval designs and fifty of its most skilled shipwrights. He was appointed Chief Naval Architect the following year and swiftly implemented sweeping innovations, introducing new techniques to, i.a., strengthen the vessels’ keels and ease their repair in the event of running aground. As flaws in the “English system” surfaced, they were addressed by reintegrating elements of the “Spanish system” previously in use — namely by increasing the scantlings. The introduction into the fleet of fifty-eight, sixty-two, sixty-eight and seventy-two cannon warships based on this hybrid approach made the Spanish navy one of the best in the world.
            The model of a 72-cannon vessel built in this period is on display at Madrid’s Museo Naval: the San Genaro, designed by Edward Bryant at the famed Cartagena shipyard. I have located single examples (all in Spain) of each of the four Juan-era manuals. In fine condition on HEAVY DUTCH PAPER, this copy comes from the libraries of the Genoa Gentile family and the Rome Gizzi-Torriglia family (bookplates).
¶CCPB 000737963-3 (Madrid Naval Ministry only); Tudón Presas, “Jorge Juan y Santacilia, oficial y científico al servicio de la armada” in Revista General de Marina 268 (2015) 827-838; see Sánchez Carrión’s Construcción Naval 1750-1754 (2020) online and Aguado’s José Romero Fernández de Landa 43-45 & 327-28 and Palau 146269 (44 canons).

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Price: $18,800.00