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Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans

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In the tradition of Dava Sobel's Longitude comes sailing expert David Barrie's compelling and dramatic tale of invention and discovery--an eloquent elegy to one of the most important navigational instruments ever created, and the daring mariners who used it to explore, conquer, and map the world. Since its invention in 1759, a mariner's most prized possession has been the sextant. A navigation tool that measures the angle between a celestial object and the horizon, the sextant allowed sailors to pinpoint their exact ...

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Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans
2015, William Morrow & Company, New York

ISBN-13: 9780062279354

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Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans
2014, William Morrow & Company, New York

ISBN-13: 9780062279347

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