Steel's Ship-Master's Assistant, and Owner's Manual
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[Steel, David] London, printed for Longman Rees...., 1834 containing general information necessary for merchants, owners, and masters of ships, ship-brokers, pilots, and other persons connected with maritime affairs;
also, the laws of the customs, duties of customs, navigation laws, registry of ships, smuggling, rates of pilotage throughout England and Scotland, dock rates on shipping, British fisheries, marine assurances, conventions and commercial treaties with foreign powers, reciprocity, etc., etc.
the twenty-first edition, newly arranged and corrected down to1833-4....by I. Stikeman, customs-house agent, London. with tables of weights, measures, and monies, exchanges, etc. by Dr. Kelly
London, printed for Longman Rees...., 1834.
8vo. ppxix 1181. 2 engraved plates.
water staining to the two plates, otherwise a good clean copy. the book has been recased at some point into the original plain leather binding, with new backstrip inserted and original spine re-laid. new end-papers. binding rubbed but sound, with no damage.
one of the last editions of David Steel's long running text, providing invaluable source material on all aspects of the shipping world in the early decades of the 19th century. includes a 30-page chapter on the slave trade [Witt 140 - though one of the few editions that he did not manage to have sight of for his bibliography]