Don Ios. de Mendoza y Rios.Köngl. Span. Schifs, Capitain Mitglied der Köngle. Gesellsch. d.Wiss. zu London u. Corresp. d. Köngl. Acad. d. Wiss. zu Lisabon. Gebohr. zu Sevilla. 1763.
[German.] [n.d. c.1810.]
Stipple with small margins. Plate 171 x 95mm (6¾ x 3¾"). Slight creasing and crinkling.
Jose de Mendoza y Rios (1763-1816) the Spanish astronomer and mathematician, famous for his work on navigation. He published his treatise about the science and technique of navigation in 1787 and later published several tables for facilitating the calculations of nautical astronomy and useful in navigation to calculate the latitude of a ship at sea from two altitudes of the sun, and the longitude from the distances of the moon from a celestial body. He developed the nautical instrument, the reflecting circle. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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