Philadelphia: E. C. and J. Biddle, 1854.
Full Leather. Sixth Edition -- Enlarged and Improved. 4to.; in full black morocco, with rules in gilt and in blind to the perimeters of the boards; raised bands with gilt rules in compartments and lettering in gilt; gilt inner dentelles; marbled endpapers, with a tiny chip to the top corner; all edges gilt -- the gilt is a bit mottled; 772 pages followed by  leaves of plates and charts, printed on the rectos. The binding, while quite secure, has significant scuffing. The binding is signed by Pawson & Nicholson, the Philadelphia binders.~~First published in 1847, Maury’s Wind and Current Charts of the North Atlantic was a product of his work as officer-in-charge of the Navy’s Depot of Charts and Instruments; this Explanations and Sailing Directions was designed to accompany it, and derived from Maury’s work pouring over thousands of old ship’s logs and charts, and was a tremendous aid to sailors and ship’s captains.~~This copy inscribed on the first blank leaf: “Presented by the family of | Capt. Matthew F. Maury | to | Mr. John L. Williams | January 1903”. With an additional gift inscription of a Williams family member to his son in 1908. John Langbourne Williams was a Virginia banker and lawyer; he had been fiscal agent for the Confederate Government. After the war he established the firm of John L. Williams and Sons in Richmond.
Very Good binding.