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[MARITIME] [LLOYD'S OF LONDON] An Attempt to Develop the Law of Storms by Means of Facts

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[MARITIME] [LLOYD'S OF LONDON] An Attempt to Develop the Law of Storms by Means of Facts: "LLoyds, 10th October 1838 / Presented by the Author."

by [WEATHER] Reid, W. Sir, 1791-1858. (William),

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"First visual depictions of a hurricane as seen from the point of view of a weather satellite."

[ASSOCIATION COPY]: Reid, W. Sir, An Attempt to Develop the Law of Storms by Means of Facts: Arranged According to Place and Time ; and Hence to Point Out a Cause for the Variable Winds, with the View to Practical Use in Navigation. Illustrated by Charts and Wood Cuts. London: J. Weale, 1838. [4], 436 pages, [10] folded leaves of plates : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm. Text is lightly toned, plates show some foxing. Bound in original back cloth with leather spine label. Amateur repairs: spine edges lined with black library tape; hinges reinforced; title and index also reinforced with clear tape.

LLOYD'S LONDON bookplate on inside f. cover, ink stamp on blank; author's presentation inscription above title, "LLoyds, 10th October 1838 / Presented by the Author."

Reid's book extended an observation by William C. Redfield, an American writer, that some storms were very large, anticlockwise-turning whirlwinds, which provided a conceptual framework for understanding hurricanes. Based on data collected from ships' logs, newspaper accounts and first-hand sources, Reid conveyed the terrifying conditions encountered by ships and offered a novel way of mapping them, creating, as one source put it, the " first visual depictions of a hurricane as seen from the point of view of a weather satellite." (The Bermudian. "Governor Reid and the Law of Storms," September 16, 2013). "For the first time, people on land or sea were armed with predictive knowledge of an imminent hurricane, and therefore they could take appropriate shelter or adopt the correct tack to minimise danger."

It would be difficult to over estimate the importance of understanding hurricanes and other extreme weather patterns for a company built upon insuring merchant shipping such as Lloyd's of London, particularly in the early Victorian Era when economic opportunities and technological improvements redefined the shipping season.

William Reid, 1791-1858, was governor of Bermuda from 1839 to 1846.

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Title
[MARITIME] [LLOYD'S OF LONDON] An Attempt to Develop the Law of Storms by Means of Facts
Author
[WEATHER] Reid, W. Sir, 1791-1858. (William),
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J. Weale
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1838
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ABAA-BIB-WEEK, natural history, weather, maritime, meteorology
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