MILLER, Thomas. The Compleat Modellist. London: Richard Mount, 1699.

$ 5,600.00

MILLER, Thomas. The Compleat Modellist: or, Art of Rigging. Shewing an exact way of raising the model of any ship or vessel, small or great, either in proportion, or out of proportion. Also how to find the length of every rope exactly. And tables which give the true bigness of every rop in each vessel. Together with the weights of their anchors and cables. Performed by Thomas Miller, of Great Yarmouth, mariner, and master in the art of raising the model. London: Richard Mount, 1699.

Small 4to., (8 x 6 inches). Half-title with publisher's advertisements on verso. 2 folding woodcut plates (a bit browned throughout, some pale waterstains). Half tan calf, blue paper boards, gilt.

Fifth edition, first published in 1660. The magnificent woodcut plates show four different ships and include a list of the names of the ropes and stays. Thomas Miller's work on rigging first appeared in 1660. Self-styled Mariner, and Master of the Art of Raising the Model, from Great Yarmouth, Miller has written a tract "so plain and easy, that any one altho he could never before obtain to cut out a Ships Rigging, may by this way Rigg any Ship Small or great, with a Weeks practice or less. But if it were half so easy again as it is, which is almost impossible, yet I say, if it were so easy, it is impossible a Man may have the Book, and yet never come to Rigg a Ship,..." (To the Reader).

On the verso of the half-title is a long list of books published by Richard Mount, including English Pilots for the Channel, the Streights, the West-Indies, and the East-Indies, many books on the Art, Pratice, Systems and Errors of Navigation, mathematical books of triangles and geometry, Companions, Dialogues, and Dictionaries, in short everything a sailor might need to read. ESTC R221127; English Maritime Books 2516. Catalogued by Kate Hunter