|Creator:||Waymouth, George., creator|
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Manuscript on paper of George Waymouth (fl. 1587-1611), The jewell of artes, an unfinished technical handbook of navigation, inventions, fortifications, surveying, gunnery, etc., consisting of short textual parts and extremely numerous full-page technical drawings and diagrams of high quality. The innumerable blank pages throughout the book show that this is a work in progress, which the author had to abandon as explained in his letter of dedication, and nevertheless presented to the King in the hope of obtaining new employment. Written by one hand in Gothica Cursiva Libraria (Secretary). Collation impossible due to the tight binding.
Library of King James I. The Henry C. Taylor Collection. Bequest of Henry C. Taylor, 1971.
In our manuscript the year 1604 is found in a calculation on f. 131r, the year 1603 is written on a compass-card on f. 335r. Many designs are marked with the letter W, and there is no doubt that the author claims their invention for himself.
Binding: Original armorial (rebacked). Brown calf over cardboard, both covers gold-tooled with a seme pattern of flowerets, corner pieces and a central piece with the arms of King James I. Spine with six raised bands and red title-label with inscription JEWELL OF ARTES.
Cataloged from microfilm by Albert Derolez.
Cite as: George Waymouth, The Jewell of Artes. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
About the author, a somewhat mysterious navigator, scholar and engineer, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, v. 51 (2004), pp. 777-778. He returned in 1602 from his unsuccesful expedition to discover the Northwest Passage, presented the King in 1604 with two versions of his treatise The Jewell of Artes and undertook in 1605 a new expedition to the American East coast, landing in Maine.
Taylor Collection, no. 10.
ff. 581 : paper ; 310 x 205 mm.
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