Navigational Notebook with Hand-drawn Maps and Ship Illustrations, Salem, New Jersey, 1823.
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Navigational Notebook with Hand-drawn Maps and Ship Illustrations, Salem, New Jersey, 1823. Quarto-format manuscript on paper executed by Captain George T. Boon (1805-1849), later a New Jersey ferryboat captain, including approximately 120 numbered pages (lacking a few leaves), inscribed with navigational and other mathematical exercises, many with watercolor sketches of small boats and other objects, hand-painted compass roses, with two folding maps, two full-page colored pen-and-ink drawings of boats, and other material (folding maps repaired with yellowing adhesive tape), the contents disbound, with the original half leather and marbled paper boards, 9 x 7 1/4 in.
"George T. Boon was a native of Bridgeton, New Jersey, and his early education and training were well calculated to make him what he afterward became, one of the most reliable and skillful men who followed steamboating. He was so thoroughly acquainted with everything pertaining to river life that his opinions were considered undisputable authority on all questions in that line. [He] commanded the steamers Essex, Flushing, and Clifton." (Quoted from the Biographical, Genealogical and Descriptive History of the First Congressional District of New Jersey, New York & Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1900, p. 433).
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