Conversations About Hurricanes: For The Use Of Plain Sailors.




Smith, Elder and Co. 65, Cornhill.





Item Description

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, in fours. [2] + vi + 109 pp. + [2] pp. publisher's advertisement. Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with blind stamped decorative borders on boards. A little wear to extremities and occasional traces of foxing; otherwise a very good copy. Advertising label for the Sailor's Horn Book of Storms on front pastedown. Author's name at head of title, apparently a presentation to him. Illustrated by diagrams in text. Printed celluloid transparent compass cards of wind directions for northern and southern hemispheres ('storm cards') in front and rear pockets, designed to overlay diagrams in book. A pioneering study of the science of tropical storms written in the form of a dialogue between a ship's captain and a storm expert (and others). Henry Piddington (1797-1858), meteorologist, serves at sea in the East Indies and China stations before settling in Calcutta in 1831. In his earlier publication, The Horn-book for the Law of Storms for the Indian and China Seas (1844), he coined the word cyclone for a storm revolving around a calm centre, the winds around them revolving anticlockwise in the northern and clockwise in the southern hemispheres. The government submitted all storm records to him from 1839 and he published twenty four annual Memoirs on the Law of Storms from that year until 1852. Piddington also published numerous papers on the geography and natural resources of India. A copy of a scarce title, notable for the two transparencies for use with the text.

[Stock No. 26271]

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