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The frontispiece of Het Vergulde Licht der Zeevaart (The golden art of Navigation) by Klaas Hendrik Gietermaker (1621-1677) from the 1697 edition. Since the appearance of the book in 1660 until the end of the eighteenth century this was the most common used textbook for navy personal. In a recipe-like style, some of the Euclidean theorems were treated in this book. Afterwards these theorems were used in the practical calculations that constituted the second part of the book.

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Thanks to software company Ant arbor (Utrecht) for scanning the illustrations.
Last modified 6-5-2003