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    Re: A-10 Sextant Manual
    From: Christian Scheele
    Date: 2009 Jun 12, 17:17 +0200

    Douglas,
    
    thanks for sharing this. I was very lucky myself in this regard.
    
    I believe the pages in my copy of  Observer's Book No. 2 are made of a
    thick, though now yellowed kind of paper which is oddly horizontally
    furrowed. Somebody told me that this kind of paper is called Lord
    ..somebody...paper but I don't know how much weight to give to that opinion.
    Later editions were no doubt of a more basic war-economy quality.
    
    I was also lucky enough to get R.A.F. Air Navigation Volume 1 (A.P. 1234),
    1941 edition and two volumes of R.A.F. and South African Air Force
    Astronomical NAvigation Tables (latitudes: 25-29 and 30 -34) for bargains.
    But they might be more common, I am no expert.
    
    "Also, regrettably, second-hand bookshops canot make a living anymore in
    this country with the high costs of shop premises so they have all but
    dissapeared."
    
    Yes. A lot of good things are disappearing. For example, GPS is great but
    ...I won't start.
    
    Christian Scheele
    Cape Town
    
    
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    Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 10:02 AM
    Subject: [NavList 8634] Re: A-10 Sextant Manual
    
    
    
    Christian:
    
    The Observer's books of Astro-Navigation are now probably very difficult to
    obtain.
    
    I have been scouring second-hand bookshops all my life and only came across
    them very rarely by chance.  Being small, made of poor quality paper (it was
    wartime and paper was rationed), and of a very minority interest, I have no
    doubt over the years most people as they come across them just threw them
    out as being of no significance. (If someone was clearing a deceased
    parent's posessions for example).
    
    Also, regrettably, second-hand bookshops canot make a living anymore in this
    country with the high costs of shop premises so they have all but
    dissapeared.  Your only chance is to look on the internet as most
    second-hand bookdealers now use that as their outlet.
    
    Douglas Denny.
    Chichester. England.
    
    
    
    
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