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    DescriptionCompass chronicles the misadventures of those who attempted to perfect the magnetic compass - so precious to sixteenth-century seamen that, by law, any man found tampering with it had his hand pinned to the mast with a dagger. In this history of man's search for reliable navigation of treacherous sea routes around the globe, Alan Gurney brings to life the instrument Victor Hugo called "the soul of the ship".

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    A Story of Exploration and Innovation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Gurney
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393327137
    ISBN 10: 0393327132

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: TRLN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    BIC subject category V2: RGR
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16630
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000, TRA008000, TEC057000, SCI022000, HIS000000, SCI038000
    BIC subject category V2: BTH
    DC22: 912.0284
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 912/.028/4
    LC classification: VK577 .G84 2004
    Thema V1.0: NH, TBX, TBY, TRLN
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    17 August 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Alan Gurney is the author of The Race to the White Continent and Below the Convergence: Voyages Toward Antarctica: 1699-1839. A yacht designer, he lives in Suffolk.
    Review quote
    "Might do for the magnetic North what Longitude did for, well, longitude." The Times