Early pilot book for Ormuz, Khor Fakkan and Ras al Hadd

Pimentel, Manoel. Arte de navegar em que se ensinam as regras praticas ... e roteyro das viagens, e costas maritimas de Guiné, Angóla, Brasil, Indias, e ilhas occidentaes, e orientaes, novamente emendado, e accrescentadas muitas derrotas de Guiné, Angóla, Brasil, Indias, e Ilhas Occidentaes, e Orientaes, novamente emendado e accrescentadas muitas derrotas.

Lisboa, Francisco da Silva, 1746.

Small folio (210 x 295 mm). (12), 603, (1) pp. With 21 engraved plates (1 folding). Contemporary full brown mottled calf with giltstamped red morocco spine label. All edges red.


An early edition of this important maritime work, fully revised from the 1712 edition: a navigational guide to the routes and ports of the East and West Indies, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, including such coasts and ports as Havana, Puerto Rico, Timor, Macao, Ormuz, Khor Fakkan ("Orfacam"), Ras al Hadd ("Rasalgate"), Zanzibar, Goa, Ascension, Mallorca, Cadiz, Malta, etc., many of which are shown in engraved maps. "Cet ouvrage a été longtemps utile" (Brunet). The long-popular pilot's manual was based on the "Arte practica de navegar" by the Portuguese cosmographer and navy engineer Luis Serrão Pimentel, first published posthumously in 1681 by the author's son Manuel Pimentel (1650-1719); all editions since 1699 appeared under Manuel's name only. It was reprinted in Lisbon as late as 1819.

The ongoing popularity of the work is attested to by three handwritten navigational documents from early 19th century (two dated 1803 and 1819, respectively), loosely inserted.


Near-contemporary handwritten ownership of Miguel Barandica to flyleaf.


Some waterstaining throughout, mainly confined to margins; some damage to lower edge of first gathering professionally repaired. Some worming with slight loss to text.


Sabin 62883. Borba de Moraes II, 148. Barbosa Machado III, 340. Brunet IV, 656. Medina 276. Palau 226.030. OCLC 18303313. Cf. Bosch catalogue I, 144.