1893 text

George Fournier, a Jesuit, born at Caen in 1569, was the author of several nautical works. His chief one, “L’Hydrographie,” was published at Paris in folio in 1663. A second edition appeared in 1667.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

3 Annotations

First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Georges Fournier, Jesuit and chaplain of the French Navy [1] on a ship of the line, acquired both extensive knowledge of military matters and tactics, but also technical matters.

Fournier's father publishes the Hydrography in 1643. Although the design of ships had slowly evolved to give remarkable results - as evidenced by Sovereign of the Seas designed by Phineas Pitt in 1637 or the Crown French in 1633 - in the work of Georges Fournier research appears to give ship design a more scientific basis [2].

He was also the author of a Treatise of fortifications or military architecture, deriving the positions and moreover the estimated time for constructing fortifications [3] The original edition was published in Paris in 1648 by Jean Henault in Dauphine Hall at the Guardian Angel. Another edition was published in Mainz in 1668 at Louis Bourgeat [4] .

He was also a Professor of Rene Descartes.


Michael Robinson  •  Link

Fournier, Georges,
Hydrographie contenant la théorie et la practiqve de tovtes les parties de la navigation, Compost par le Pere George Fovrnier de la Compagnie de Jesus. Secone Edition. Reueue, corrigée, et augmentée par l'Autheur auant son deceds. Plus la Nauigation du Roy d'Escosse, Iaques Cinqviesme du Nom, de son Royaume, & Isfles Hebrides & Orchades, fous la conduite d'Alexandre Lyndsay excellem Pilote Efcoffon.
Paris" Chez Iean Du Pvis, rue Saint a la Couronne d'or MDCLXVII [1667]

fo., [20], 706, [16], 6
PL 2678

Photographic facsimile:

See also:
Description d'vn navire royal.
Paris: chez Nicholas Berary et Antoine de Fer [1667]

PL 1842(1)
The plates only from the above, with a differing additional text.

Second Reading

Log in to post an annotation.

If you don't have an account, then register here.


Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.