PHILIPOTT, Thomas (died ca 1684). An Historical Discourse of the First Invention of Navigation. London: W. Godbid, 1661.

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PHILIPOTT, Thomas (died ca 1684). An Historical Discourse of the First Invention of Navigation. And The Additional Improvements of it. With The probable Causes of the Variation of the Compasse: And the Variation of the Variation. Likewise, Some Reflections upon the Name and Office of Admirall. To which is added a Catalogue of those Persons that have been from the first Institution Dignified with that Office.  London: W. Godbid, 1661.

Small 4to., (8 x 6 inches). (Title-page a bit dusty and creased). Modern half tan calf, blue paper boards, gilt.

A history of navigation beginning with Noah's Ark, and asking the question if the Ancients had anything like a compass with which to steer by. A list of Admirals from Edward I's time to Charles II is found at the end.

Thomas Philipott "was a Kentish man; he published a small volume of Poems. The title-page reads—" Poems "by Thomas Philipott, Master of Arts, some time of "Clare Hall, in Cambridge: printed by R. A. 1646."— He was the son of John Philipott, Esq. Somerset Herald in James the First's reign, a very eminent and learned writer on heraldry, whose numerous MSS. are in the Herald's Office, London. I have seen three large volumes of his on Heraldry, relating wholly to Kent; and it is supposed, and it is probable, with respect to the Villare Cantianum, and his work on Heraldry (if they are not the same book), bearing Thomas Philipott's name, that they were made from papers of his father, who published nothing, that I am aware of, but the Lord Chancellors of the Kings of England, 4to. 163S, and several additions to the 4to. editions of Camden's Remains concerning Britain: London, 1637. With respect to Thomas, the son, he published, beside the Poems just now mentioned, Elegies to the Memory of William Glover, Esq. 1641,4to. and a Congratulatory Elegy, offered up to the Earl of Essex, upon the investiture with the dignity of Lord Chamberlain: and in prose, beside what have been mentioned, he published The Original and Growth of the Spanish Monarchy united with the House of Austria; 1664. 8vo.—Antiquitas Theologica et Gentilis, and one or two other pieces. He died about the year 1684" (George Dyer, The Privileges of the University of Cambridge, 1824). R15276. Catalogued by Kate Hunter